Flats plan sparks parking and anti-social behaviour concerns
RESIDENTS are fighting plans to transform a former cinema and nightclub into flats for university students.
AJP Worldwide and PrimeSite Developments have applied to build the five-storey halls of residence in Hill Street, Stoke.
But families living nearby fear the proposed 120-bed facility with a shop on the ground floor will increase anti-social behaviour and parking problems.
Dr Christine Kusiar, who runs a chiropractic clinic from her home in Epworth Street, said: "We are concerned about the noise levels, drunkenness and the potential for drug use around us. An extra 120 students, no matter how well policed, are going to cause some serious noise."
The site was most recently home to the Lomax nightclub.
Hartshill and Harpfields Residents' Association has added its support for the plans but also raised concerns about the lack of parking spaces.
Chairman Barbara Andrew said: "The design is attractive and imaginative and student accommodation would be a good use of this currently very unsightly piece of land and part-demolished building.
"We welcome the prospect of more people coming to live, work and study in Stoke town centre and feel that this building would be an asset to the area."
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has ended its consultation with residents and is expected to make a decision in June.