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Things Looking Good for Proposed New Block in Sheffield

Posted by Ross Jones-Morris in

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A report prepared for Sheffield City Council has recommended that a new 289-bed student development be given the go-ahead in the city centre.

The application, submitted earlier this year by Fraser Morgan, proposes the redevelopment of a site on Allen Street. The new building will be between 5 and 7 stories and would comprise of 289 studio apartments, study rooms, a cinema, a gym, a roof garden and a large reception.

Sheffield City Council is due to hold a planning committee meeting concerning the plans next week, and a report prepared for the meeting frames the proposal in a positive light: "The development will secure a long term future for an existing, underused site in St Vincent's Quarter and introduce a use that is compatible with the mixed business, residential and educational vision that land use policy currently has for the area."

However, if the council does approve the plans it may come with caveats: "The main negative elements of the application relate to the unit mix (100 per cent studios) and the building design (layout and scale)."