The former Samways Cycles store in Derby is to make way for student flats after a planning application was approved.
Plans to knock down the shop in Ashbourne Road and build 39 student flats in its place were unanimously approved by Derby City Council’s planning control committee last night.
Samways Cycles closed in September last year after trading for more than 80 years in Derby – because of “pressures of the internet”.
But now its former home, which runs from Ashbourne Road at the front to Markeaton Street at the rear, is to be cleared to make way for the new development.
Samways closed in 2016 after 80 years in business
Around 15 residents lodged objections to the scheme, many of them on the grounds of the scale of the development and its proximity to existing properties, which they fear would result in the loss of privacy and natural light.
At last night’s meeting, neighbour Clare Saxon said she was in favour of the site being developed but that she and her neighbours did not want first-year students living there. In response, the developer said the apartments would be aimed for final-year or master students, who are considered less likely to disturb neighbours.
Darcey Webster, who has lived in the area for 50 years, told the meeting the area could not cope with any more residents as parking was already a nightmare.
Three city councillors – Lisa Eldret, Jack Stanton and Martin Repton – also objected to the scheme, with Mr Repton describing the development as “inappropriate and incongruous for this area of Derby”.
Despite this, the plans were approved by the planning committee.
The Samways site extends between Ashbourne Road and Markeaton Street
In debating the proposal, Councillor Robin Wood said it was “quite wrong” to discriminate against students. He said: “My hackles do rise when people say students make noise. We should not discriminate against any minority group.
“This is a residential area and a residential application. It’s an excellent application. It’s been negotiated a number of times to fit in with the conservation area.”
Councillor Lucy Care also said she was “relaxed” about the site becoming apartments but called for more cycling facilities.
The plans show four blocks – one of which would include a concierge and security office, laundrette, reception and communal entertainment room.
Source: Derby Telegraph