A PLAN to demolish a derelict city centre nightclub to make way for a 100-bed student accommodation building has been submitted to the council.

The eight-storey building would be built on the site of the eyesore former nightclub Images in The Butts.

The joint venture by Rengen Developments and Worcester-based property developer Thornloe Developments would include two eight-bed clusters each sharing shared kitchen and communal space on all but two of the floors with two-five bed clusters occupying each of the top two floors.

Plans submitted to Worcester City Council show the development includes a reception area, common room and storage for 100 bicycles.

With the building located in the city centre and within walking distance of the University of Worcester, no car parking spaces would be provided.

The design statement included with the application said the developer would submit a full plan showing how students would be able to be dropped off and picked up at the beginning and end of each term to ensure they do not bring a car and park in residential streets.

The building, opposite The Hive, has been derelict since Funk nightclub closed down in February 2012.

In 2014, the city council's licensing subcommittee approved the site becoming a club named Mamma Jammas despite fierce opposition from West Mercia Police who believed the venue would increase crime in the area but the plans never came to fruition.

A plan for student accommodation on the site has been supported by the city council during pre-consultation advice.

The latest 100-bed plan was altered from the original 112-bed nine-storey plan to make the accommodation building the same height as The Hive.

A consultation event was held in Worcester by the developer at the end of February with 20 visitors.

Despite the small numbers, the developer said the reaction was positive with residents relieved the building would not become a new nightclub but some were still concerned by the prospect of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Consultation on the plan ends on May 31. Comments can be made via the planning section of the city council’s website.

The application number is 19/00247/FUL.