Demolition starts at university halls site

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Demolition work has started on the site of a former university halls of residence in Sheffield where nearly 100 new homes are to be built.

The Tapton Halls of Residence, off Crookes Road and Taptonville Road, will be flattened to make way for 97 properties.

Building work is due to start in November and buyers are already being urged by developer Taylor Wimpey to register their interest.

A demolition crew has started pulling down buildings at the back of the site.

The plans were approved in April, despite criticism from neighbours.

Concerns were raised over the lack of cheaper housing, extra traffic and the loss of a historic botanic garden.

Approval had previously been granted in 2010 for another firm to build on the site, but the development failed to materialise.

Anne Bagshaw, from Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, said original features such as stone walls and a coach house are being kept. “Converting these historic buildings will offer a fantastic range of homes which we expect to sell very quickly,” she added.

Some of the 63 houses and 34 apartments will be available under the Help to Buy initiative, allowing buyers to purchase a property with a five per cent deposit.

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