Councillors to consider plans for new flats

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TWO separate plans for new flats are being considered by Sheffield councillors.

St Wilfrid’s Centre, on Queens Road, wants to build a four-storey block adjacent to its existing building to house homeless and vulnerable people, which would accommodate 53 residents.

Two objections have been made to the plans on the grounds the building would be too tall and should be three storeys.

But Sheffield Council planning officers are recommending approval because the project would not result in ‘any adverse effects’ for surrounding residents.

Meanwhile, Gladman Developments is applying to extend planning permission to create a five-storey building of student flats, which would house up to 127 people on the site of the former Royal Works, on Priestley Street, Lowfield.

The land is currently empty, having had all previous buildings bulldozed, and no objections have been made to the plans.

Council officers are recommending that scheme is also approved, on condition £23,000 is paid towards public improvements in the area.

The development was granted in 2008 but permission only lasts for five years. Gladman is asking councillors to grant a three-year extension which would give the company until 2016 to start work.

Both schemes are set to be granted permission at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board on Monday.