Councillors set to back bid to replace city centre nightclub with major housing scheme

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DEVELOPERS will today go to the Town Hall for a second time to try to secure planning permission for a major housing scheme on the edge of Sheffield city centre.

Elmsdale Estates want to knock down the former Niche nightclub and industrial buildings on the corner of Sylvester Street and Sidney Street and replace them with flats.

The plan involves building 63 private apartments, 21 town houses, and 32 flats for 162 students, in five buildings on either side of Sidney Street.

The developers also want to build a number of small shops, offices and a brewery, in blocks rising to six storeys.

Councillors refused permission for a previous version of the scheme in June because they thought the buildings were too big and there were too many student flats.

But revised blueprints - which dramatically reduce the student capacity from 445 - have won the backing of council planning officers, who have advised councillors to approve the plans when they meet today.

A council report said: “This revised scheme is considered to result in a significant improvement in the mix of accommodation on site by introducing additional private residents and flexible-use town houses.

“The site is located in close proximity to the Sheffield Hallam University campus and the city centre and is a sustainable choice for both student and private housing.”

Under the plans the former Renown Works and Speedwell Works would be demolished and part of Albert Works would be restored.