Decision due on 550-bed Sheffield city centre student flat block

Rockingham Street.

Rockingham Street.

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Plans for a 550-bed block of city centre student flats could soon be approved.

The Watkins Jones group wants to build on vacant land in Rockingham Street, next to its existing 280-bed Rockingham House.

Rockingham Street.

Rockingham Street.

According to a planning application, which will go before city councillors on Tuesday, the development would comprise three linked blocks, with a mixture of cluster bedrooms, studios and one-bed apartments.

Sheffield University has objected to the development, claiming it does not take into account the proximity of research and teaching buildings, which can create noise, disturbance and fumes.

But council officers have recommended the plans be approved.

The Watkins Jones Group has several properties in Sheffield, such as the Cornerhouse complex in Edward Street.

The proposed flats.

The proposed flats.

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