Blades apartment plans set for council approval

Land between Sheffield United's ground and Shoreham Street.
Land between Sheffield United's ground and Shoreham Street.
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Sheffield United looks set to be granted permission to attach apartment blocks to its Bramall Lane ground – despite opposition from neighbouring residents.

Last February, the club was told it could build 52 apartments on a car park at the corner of Shoreham Street and John Street.

Now it has won backing from council offices for a revised scheme comprising a four-storey block with 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments at the corner of Shoreham Street and Cherry Street.

The plans have upset surrounding residents, eight of whom have sent in objections, claiming the scheme would represent ‘faceless modern architectural blandness’ and ‘tower over houses’.

Neighbours also complained of extra traffic on an already busy road, adding that 22 parking spaces proposed as part of the scheme would be inadequate.

But planners say two proposed blocks of four and five storeys on land used for car parking are well designed and represent ‘sustainable development in a prominent location’.

They have recommended the scheme is approved at a Sheffield Council planning board meeting on Tuesday.

In their report, council planning officers said: “The scale, massing and appearance of the development respond positively to the context of its surroundings and is of similar height and appearance to the approved studio apartment scheme at the opposite end of the ground.”

Proposals for 22 parking spaces are deemed acceptable, officers said.