Huge student flats plan

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PLANS for a major £52 million student development which developers say will regenerate the western edge of the city centre and create 130 full-time jobs have been lodged with Sheffield Council.

Manor Property Group wants to build 800 apartments on the old Gordon Lamb car dealership on the corner of Napier Street and Summerfield Street, off Ecclesall Road.

The development is to be called Manor Mill.

Five blocks are proposed, ranging from five to 10 storeys high and the banks of the Porter Brook at the site’s boundary will be landscaped to provide recreation areas.

A spokesman for Manor Property Group said: “There is significant demand in Sheffield for high quality, contemporary and conveniently-located student accommodation, particularly in the Ecclesall Road area.

“Currently, students are often restricted to traditional residential areas and terraced properties and we know students expect separate en-suite study bedrooms with excellent facilities.

“They also want to live as part of a friendship group alongside other students.

“In Manor Mill, individual bedrooms are clustered together in groups of five, six or seven, with each group sharing a communal dining kitchen and living area.”

As well as the flats, three cafe bars are proposed at ground level, which are to be open to the public, plus other facilities such as laundries.

Architect Alan Soper said it would ‘create a high quality development with well-designed buildings, courtyards and public areas which all relate to one another’.

Mr Soper added: “I will create a new place within the city and regenerate the surrounding neighbourhood.”

Manor Property already operates student accommodation in Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham and Salford.

The site has been chosen because it is equidistant between the main campuses of Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University.

The company said as well as creating full-time jobs once the apartments were complete, work would be provided for up to 300 people during construction.

The project would be the latest in a series of major student housing developments around the city centre.

There are major schemes near Devonshire Green, at Netherthorpe, and Kelham Island – which are particularly popular with students from overseas.

But concerns have been raised that the impact of rising tuition fees could lead to there not being enough students to fill the new accommodation in future years.