Luxury student flats plan for Lomax Nightclub site in Stoke is recommended for approval
MORE than 100 students look set to descend on a town after plans to turn a former cinema and nightclub into 'luxury' accommodation were recommended for approval.
Developers want to overhaul the site of the former Lomax Nightclub and old Danilo Cinema in Hill Street, Stoke, and replace it with a five-storey 120-bedroom complex.
Planners at Stoke-on-Trent City Council have recommended the venture – which will also see the creation of a food and shopping area – for approval.
AJP Worldwide and PrimeSite Developments wants to provide a 'step-up' in student accommodation by offering en suite rooms, communal kitchen and living areas with flat-screen TVs and a gym.
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However the plans have been met with some objection by concerned residents and business owners who claim the scheme could lead to parking problems in the area along with potential noise and anti-social behaviour.
Steve Faram, who runs Steve Faram Handmade Furniture in Hill Street is concerned by the plan. He said: "The proposal may well bring benefits to Stoke in terms of increased trade and the ability of the university to attract students with the offer of luxury accommodation.
"Of less concern, it seems, is the importance of bringing residents on board by acknowledging that a not insignificant number of people will be affected by this development."
The site has been targeted by developers because of its location – just over half-a-mile from Staffordshire University and four-and-a-half miles from Keele University.
But first-year students living on the University of Stafford's Leek Road campus say that they would rather be living within the university grounds.
Aimee Farmer, aged 18, who studies social work, said: "It's better to be on campus as it's easier when you're going out." Hannah Strong, aged 18, a sports therapy student, said: "When I came to look for halls I wanted somewhere close to the faculty you are studying at."
English literature student Kelly Dawes, aged 20, said: "In the first year you're getting used to the area so I prefer being on campus."
Sianie Johnson, aged 20, a psychology and counselling student, added: "When they're building new halls I think they should make sure all the walls and flooring is thicker as sometimes it's noisy here."
Councillors will consider the proposals during a meeting of the Development Management Committee on Tuesday.