Portsmouth Council Approve 97-bed Student Scheme
15th Dec 2017
Plans to build a 250-bed student accommodation block in Sheffield look set for approval.
Located in Winter Street, Sheffield, the development will consist of 38 cluster flats of between 5 and 6 beds and 29 studio apartments spread across a 16-storey student accommodation block.
The application has been recommended for approval despite 38 objections submitted by members of the public in response to the proposed plans.
Some of these objections were in relation to its location directly opposite the Grade 2 listed Arts Tower and the Western Bank Library. Other objections argued the new development will disrupt the balance between the two listed buildings and that the proposed cladding bears no relation to its surroundings.
Despite the objections, officers were satisfied that the proposed development would bring economic, social and environmental benefits.
Planning officers said: "The proposal to return the site to active use and the opportunity to improve cycle connectivity within the surrounding area would be of significant benefit, which weight should be given.
"It is considered therefore that the public benefits of the proposal would outweigh the minor 'less than substantial harm' identified in relation to the Grade 2 Listed Arts Tower."
Totalling 250 bed spaces the application has been recommended for approval by planning officers after it was considered acceptable in principle.
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