Niche plans rejected by councillors

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PLANS to build a second Winter Garden in Sheffield city centre have been rejected by planners concerned by the excessive size of the development.

The development was planned on land which was once home to the crime-plagued Niche nightclub on land between Sidney Street, Matilda Street, Arundel Street and Sylvester Street.

The application from Cartwright Pickard Architects was turned down by the council’s city centre, south and east planning board.

It involved demolishing buildings including the old Niche club on Sidney Street, which has been disused since it was shut down by police using a Crack House Closure Order in 2005.

The proposed development would have seen the construction of two blocks providing 90 student flats, another building with 41 other apartments, shop units, a bar, a microbrewery and a winter garden.

But planners were unhappy at the size, scale and height of the proposed new buildings, which would have been up to seven storeys tall.

They were also concerned that Speedwell Works and Albert Works, former industrial buildings seen as an important part of the conservation area, were planned for demolition as part of the scheme.

English Heritage said the planned new buildings would look out of place and sit uncomfortably with the general character of the area.