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Sheffield Student Scheme Could Face Refusal

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Plans to build student accommodation in Sheffield have faced a setback after plans were recommended for refusal.

Trippet Property Ltd submitted a planning application to Sheffield City Council earlier this year seeking to redevelop a site next to The Grapes pub at the junction of Trippet Lane and Bailey Lane.

Under the plans, the existing building will be demolished and replaced with a seven-storey block of purpose-built student accommodation. The building will consist of 63 student bedrooms arranged in clusters.

Commercial space has been earmarked for the ground floor and the basement will be used for cycle storage.

The report said the principle of student cluster flats with ground floor retail space was acceptable but added: "The overall design, height and massing of the development is considered to be harmful to the character and appearance of the conservation area, and will appear as an incongruous and dominant feature which does not reflect the height and topography of the immediate area."

The application has therefore been recommended for refusal ahead of a formal decision being made.