Nottingham councilors have given the green light to a block of flats on a residential street in Sherwood despite 60 objections from residents.
Hockley Developments submitted plans to demolish a former beauty salon on Hucknall Road to make way for a two-storey assisted living block for 11 residents and staff.
However, the Nottingham-based developer, who is also behind the Sherwood Library scheme, faced 60 objections from people living in the area.
Residents of Hucknall Road, Teesdale Road and Weardale Road were notified of the plans in October last year and issues ranging from parking, anti-social behavior and the scheme’s overbearing presence were raised.
Cllr Michael Edwards (Lab), the chairman of the committee, said: “So the questions are, is there enough parking and what are the risks to the neighborhood from anti-social behaviour?”
Planning Officer Martin Hall responded: “Essentially, the parking lot is largely for people who provide support to the residents in this unit.
“In our assessment, the residents themselves are unlikely to own cars.
“We can’t rule out the possibility that they will, but it’s unlikely that most residents would have access to cars.”
The complex will be turned over to vulnerable adults with 24-hour support, with staff on-site, planning officials said.
Mr Hall added: “Obviously these are people who have been identified as needing various degrees of support, but are able to live in the community with that support.
“So in terms of concerns about anti-social behavior, as I say, the building is aimed at residents who are able to live in the community.
“Obviously, we can’t be specific about the issues or concerns an individual’s presence may have, but the intent of the plan is to provide the accommodation with appropriate support.”
The current building, a former beauty salon, was described as “a nuisance” in its current form, and the outline design was generally praised.
A tree on the pavement, which the developers had initially planned to take down, will now stand after complaints.
After concerns were addressed, councilors voted unanimously on the plans at a Nottingham City Council planning committee meeting on Wednesday 22 March.