Plans for apartments on the old ambulance site on Rectory Road are waiting for final approval.
The ambulance station was closed in 2013 and plans were put forward last year for a four-storey residential apartment block.
The old ambulance building was demolished in January 2016 and the site is now derelict, but the project was initially delayed because of a fuel tank underneath the surface.
This has now been removed and developers are just waiting for final confirmation from the council that the site is now clear to build on.
Nottingham-based CBP Architects proposed plans in April last year – which were then revised in July – to include 24 two-bed apartments and six one-bed apartments, with parking provided and landscaped areas.
Their proposal said it “seeks to accentuate the best that contemporary design offers with a high-quality design, blending modern methods of construction with the style of building expected of and maintained within the developing areas of both Nottingham city centre and its’ suburbs”.
Parking provision has been made for 20 spaces, but some local residents objected to the plans when they were put forward, with parking being an issue.
Sophie said: “These plans are not suitable for the area. There are not enough car parking spaces proposed. It would be more appropriate to have double the number of parking spaces to number of apartments. The other option would be to reduce the number of apartments so suitable provisions can be made.”
Deb said: “There are far too many flats to parking spaces. The area of Central Avenue and Rectory Road has a perpetual problem with lack of parking spaces. And with the increase in parking charges recently, this will add more pressure to on-street spaces.”
The developers say that parking provision has been approved for the project by the Highways Agency and the council – and added that the development has a secure cycle store to promote green travel.
They said that “the principle is to promote green travel through public transport and cycling, and therefore in areas such as West Bridgford with excellent public transport, one-to-one parking ratios are discouraged”.
The plans did receive backing from other residents, with the appeal of “high-quality living” on the doorstep of West Bridgford town centre being an attraction.
Omi said: “There is a desperate need for a good quality development that offers the opportunity to someone like me, and many others I speak with, to live in an aesthetic, well-built residence with modern facilities such as elevator in close proximity and walking distance to popular amenities and local public transport that frankly alleviates the need for a car.
“One has to move with the times and adapt to changing circumstances while still allowing others the opportunity and choice to reside in their favoured area. I find that these plans are totally suited to the area.”
Photo credit: Molly Musto.