Council Blames Competition for Lower Than Expected Returns
13th Feb 2020
Councillors have decided to reject plans to build student accommodation in Derby due to concerns over air quality.
The refusal was contrary to the officer recommendation and follows on from two similar applications that were granted planning permission earlier this year.
Trent Pads Ltd had been looking to build 71 bedrooms across various blocks, ranging from four to seven storeys. The site would have overlooked the Grade 2 listed Pickford's House to the rear.
The outcome of the meeting was a vote of five to two against, with several councillors expressing concerns about air quality.
The council's own environmental report concluded that the proposed scheme could lead to "unacceptable increases in air pollutants, in particular NO2, due to enhanced street canyon effects along Agard Street".
Councillor Ged Potter also reminded the committee that the city council had declared a climate emergency on May 22 and that the air would become too polluted.
He added: "The plans show that the building has an air filtering system, but it will have to draw fresh air from the south side of the building because it is too polluted on the street side to do it."
"If we approve this application we won't be able to look any environmental protester in the face in the future."
Whilst this application was refused planning permission, other schemes, including 244-bed development on the corner of Ford Street and Agard Street have already been given the green light.
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