29 object to college plan

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Plans to relocate Derby College’s Ilkeston campus to the former magistrates court have attracted objections from 29 neighbours.

The college has asked permission from Erewash Borough Council to demolish the courtroom in New Lawn Road, which closed in 2011, and build a three-storey campus for 1,000 students and 100 teachers.

The plans include teaching space alongside public hair and beauty salons, a cafe and limited car parking.

One resident said it will lead to ‘extra cars in an area with dangerous roads and restricted visibility and on bus routes’ while another said that plans already approved to build 14 houses on former garages in Wharnecliffe Road will add to the problems on the roads.

With students expected to use car parks in the town centres, parking, especially on market days and during the Charter Fair, will be a big problem, others said.

Another neighbour said it will lead to litter and anti-social behaviour and some were concerned that property prices will drop.

Councillors are due to vote on the plans at a meeting on Wednesday August 22 at Long Eaton Town Hall.