Plan for 100 new homes at Kelham Island in Sheffield

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Almost 100 new homes - including dozens of family houses - are set to be built at Kelham Island in Sheffield.

The old Richardson’s cutlery site - opposite the Fat Cat pub and Kelham Island Industrial Museum - is to be redeveloped with 98 properties, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bed townhouses, along with office space.

The developer, Leeds-based firm Citu, is also behind the £13 million Little Kelham project being constructed around the former Green Lane and Eagle Works.

Permission was previously granted for 51 properties on the same site, meaning the new application offers nearly double the number of proposed homes.

Under the plans, a public space will be created in front of the Fat Cat, while most of the development’s 65 parking spaces will be hidden in an ‘undercroft parking zone’.

Each of the townhouses - accessed via ‘mews-style’ streets - will have a south-facing garden, and Citu promises to use eco-friendly principles in the designs, drawn up by Nick Brown Architects.

The garden spaces will offer a ‘completely secure environment for residents to enjoy, to relax in, and to raise a family.’

In planning documents submitted to Sheffield Council, the architects said they wanted to create a ‘community environment’ as well as a ‘sense of permanency’.

There will be 39 two-bed apartments, 23 one-bed apartments, 27 three-bed townhouses and nine four-bed townhouses in total, in a range of buildings and four different house types.

“Each townhouse has a south-facing garden space, and each will take advantage of solar energy,” the architects say.

A ‘key feature’ of the development is the reintroduction of Kelham Street, to link Alma Street and Russell Street.

Russell Street will also be partially closed to motorists, with a one-way traffic section introduced.

A pedestrian route will connect Alma Street to Kelham Street, while the design of the public square ‘allows for more natural light’.

“This ensures the space will be attractive and will encourage activity,” the plans say.

“It will also enhance the setting of the Grade II listed Fat Cat public house.”

They add: “The new residential accommodation aims to enhance the housing on offer in Kelham, offering an evolution on the successful housing being delivered at Little Kelham.”

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