COUNCILLORS were due to decide today on plans to convert a Grade II-listed former Sheffield church into flats for 98 students.
The proposals for the derelict former Crookes Valley Methodist Church were being considered by Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board this afternoon.
They have received 21 objections from neighbouring residents,
Council planning officers have recommended the scheme is approved. Objector Anne Daw said: “With a density of 106 dwellings per hectare, this development is more than twice that of the surrounding properties at 40-60 dwellings per hectare and one-and-a-half times the density of a city centre development in Sheffield.
“There are no amenity spaces usually expected with developments of this scale. It is essentially warehousing of students for the financial gain of the developer.
“Planners are recommending approval in order to save this listed building that is in disrepair.
“However, this developer is the same one that has owned the building for six years and let it get into the state it is in now.”
Planning officers said the scheme is ‘an acceptable development that will secure the long-term future of a building currently at risk’.