From the feedback received on the previous proposals, it was clear there is local concern regarding the size and height of the proposals and the impact on neighbouring properties. The proposals have been updated to reflect this. The new proposals have reduced the height of the proposals by three storeys, thus reducing the number of beds by 25%. The distance between neighbouring properties has also substantially increased so that the proposed development is now 55 feet away from the nearest residential property.
Alumno are looking to submit a planning application by the end of the year.
We would anticipate that it will take approximately 12-16 months to demolish the existing structure and construct the new building. This is subject to change.
No students, with the exception of students with disabilities, will be allowed to bring vehicles to the site or park locally. Students will not be permitted to bring cars to the site under the terms of the tenancy agreement. This will include a restriction to park within the local residences as set out within a plan in their tenancy agreements. This will be monitored by the onsite staff, and local residents will be able to report any concerns.
Students will be will be encouraged to use more sustainable means of transport, such as cycling, walking and buses.
Moving days will be a managed process over two weekends each academic year. To stagger arrivals, each student will be advised of a date and time to take up occupancy of their room.
During moving days, we will provide an increased management presence and in order to minimise disruption we provide a methodical approach to the appointment times that students can arrive and unload and send them a supporting information pack relating to nearby unloading positions and public transport routes.
In its current derelict state, the site has attracted anti-social behaviour, including drug taking and vandalism, as well as rough sleeping. This type of activity poses a threat to the safety of the local community. Alumno Groups’ proposals for the Church Inn site will help remove this threat by removing the derelict pub and placing a modern building in its place, equipped with CCTV and on-site staff.
Further, there will be active use of the ground floor area of the building as our plans include a communal space and reception. Increased footfall in this area will also help to deter anti-social behaviour.