Concerns over plans for Sheffield ‘housing estate’

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Plans to redevelop Sheffield University’s former Tapton hall of residence have met with objections.

Sheffield Council has so far received 12 public comments, nine of which are against the scheme for the land at Taptonville.

The university wants to replace the hall with 94 homes in two, three and four-storey buildings.

Plans also involve conversion of Hadow House and Coach House to form 10 apartments with associated car parking and landscaping.

Opponents include Broomhill Green Party, whose spokesman, John Ashe, said: “This site is in the Broomhill Conservation Area and includes the historic walled garden.

“It deserves a top-notch development, but these proposals fail in many respects. If they went ahead, the site could resemble a modified version of a standard housing estate.

“Also, the increase in traffic near the site could lead to congestion and road safety problems.”

Mr Ashe said he was concerned the development would keep the so-called ‘secret garden’ – the old university experimental garden – closed to the public.

A previous university plan to develop the site, which included 113 homes, was approved, but never started.

Revised plans have been developed by the university and Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire.

DLP, planning consultant for the university, said: “A larger proportion of family accommodation and traditional housing is proposed in this project.”