The University of Nottingham has blasted Nottingham City Council after the planning committee rejected its planning application for a new £40 million sports centre on University Park campus on Wednesday.
The plans were thrown out by seven votes to six amid councillors' concerns over the felling of three ancient oak trees to make way for the facilities.
But in a fiery statement, university registar Dr Paul Greatrix has accused the council of hypocrisy. The authority recently felled at least 40 trees on University Boulevard for tram and ring road improvements.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM STATEMENT:
Sports Editor Patrick Hildred spoke to Cllr Sally Longford, who voted against the plans, to find out the reasons for her decision. He put the university's accusation of hypocrisy to the Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey representative, and asked why the ancient trees were judged to outweigh the benefits of the new sports centre.