Revised scheme for old Sheffield uni halls

Tapton halls of residence
Tapton halls of residence
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A fresh attempt is being made to press ahead with a stalled housing scheme to replace a former student halls of residence in Sheffield.

Residents near Sheffield University’s old Tapton Halls, off Crookes Road and Taptonville Road, are being asked for their views before a revised application is submitted by the university in a new partnership with Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire.

Already preliminary talks have been held with the council on proposals that would reduce the number of homes on the site from 113 to 94.

Two years ago approval was granted for another developer to build houses and flats, but demolition and construction failed to materialise.

“The changing market means the apartment development is no longer viable,” said planning consultants DLP in a letter to residents.

“In contrast to the previous permission, a larger proportion of family accommodation and traditional housing is proposed in this project.”

The go-ahead was given despite protests over the effect on a Victorian ‘secret garden’, an experimental botanic garden containing more than 2,000 species of plants.

Community representatives in Broomhill are scrutinising the latest details, and the impact on the garden is likely to be among the key concerns.

Planning consultants DLP say the original walls of the garden will be retained, areas around an arboretum will remain open, and tree roots will be protected.

The proposed development will be three storeys, with the occasional fourth, covering a similar footprint to the one in the approved scheme.

Materials such as stone and slate will be used.

Broomhill Forum secretary Howard Fry said: “We need to look at the detailed drawings.”

The last students moved out in 2010, and the empty building has since been used by South Yorkshire Police for dog training.