Sheffield college on business park set for green light

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Plans to secure a sixth-form college on a Sheffield business park are set to go ahead – despite concerns it is not a suitable location.

Plans to secure a sixth form college on a Sheffield business park are set to go ahead - despite concerns it is not a suitable location.

Rebecca Maxted, Chapeltown Academy Principal Designate

Rebecca Maxted, Chapeltown Academy Principal Designate

Chapeltown Academy is already operating in office space at Hydra Business Park.

But plans to use a distribution centre and warehouse building for post-16 study, and associated alterations, are before Sheffield Council on Tuesday.

Planning reports say Ecclesfield Parish Council objected with concerns the plans were retrospective and there was no suitable access.

The council’s own learning skills and communities department has also commented that there are ‘problems’ with the industrial parl location that raise concerns and pupil safety and security.

The report added: “This fear is further compounded by the site being surrounded by other businesses, including a repair garage that seems to specialise in repairing heavy goods vehicles.

“We are concerned about the highways implications of the proposed site and the associated safety of students.”

Planning reports say the development could be considered ‘unacceptable’ due to the loss of a business unit but the lack of demand, the school’s employment benefits and Government support for new schools outweigh that.

Conditions are recommended to improve pedestrian safety and the applicant has worked with the council to address concerns. The plans are recommended for approval.