NEIGHBOURS have said a plan to build a new student accommodation block would create parking chaos and destroy the peace and quiet of the area.

Major new plans would see 54 flats built next to St Clement’s Church in Henwick Road in Worcester.

Dozens of objections have already been lodged with Worcester City Council in just under a week.

One objector, Louise Neel of St Clements Close, said providing no parking was “laughable.”

“Students living here in a four-storey building will upset the peace, quiet and equilibrium of the area,” she said.

“Students will have friends and family visit and none of them will have anywhere to park. Limiting the inhabitants to cycles is laughable.”

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Another objector Jeanette Brown of Hawkwood Crescent said: “This is not wanted or needed.

“Think about the public who live and work in the area all year round, instead of people who are only here temporarily.

“There is plenty of accommodation already available for students, this development will only cause additional pressure, noise, traffic, litter and other problems if it goes ahead.”

Objector Lisa Stanley of Church Terrace said: “I think this is an outrageous decision.

“Where will all the students park their cars? This is a ridiculous place to build so much student accommodation in a very crowded road with too many cars as it is this should not be allowed.”

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St Clement’s Church Hall, which was built in 1909 but has been empty for several years, would be demolished to make way for the new block as part of the plan by developer New Venture Housing.

The new block would be the second large student accommodation building to be built within 200 metres of each other in Henwick Road.

Major work to convert the landmark former home of the city’s YMCA into 163 student flats finally started in 2021 after years of delays.

Another objector, Caroline Fitzgerald of Blakefield Road, said: “There are elderly residents next door and this will impact them as well.

“This will not add to the community in St Johns, it will destroy what little there is left.”