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Nottingham Conversion Has Locals in Dismay

Posted by Richard Ward in ,

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Developers are looking to convert the space above The Alchemist in Nottingham into student accommodation. The building, initially designed by the Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse in the 1890s, is currently vacant, however, the plans would lead to two floors being converted into 23 self-contained flats.

Locals have concerns over the proposed scheme, suggesting that "every other building in Nottingham becomes student accommodation."

They are also worried that the building won't be respected during the renovation process, arguing the original features of the building may be lost or damaged during the process.

Under the proposals, there will be limited parking for the students living in the accommodation, and locals are concerned this will increase the strain on the already dire traffic.

Scott Knowles, chief executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: "The student economy is worth an estimated £63 million a year to Nottingham so it's worth making sure there is a good supply of accommodation available, from bedrooms to self contained-flats."