Historic church redevelopment plans altered

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DEVELOPERS planning to turn a historic former church into student flats are asking for permission to vary their plans to add four extra bedsits in the roof-space.

An application has been made to Sheffield Council for full planning permission and listed building consent to make the changes at the Grade II-listed Crookes Valley Methodist Church.

Sixteen objections have been sent to Sheffield Council against the plans, from residents and Broomhill Green Party.

Protesters say the extra accommodation would ‘further erode the character of the building’.

Plans to convert the church into 19 student ‘cluster flats’ were approved in May, despite a campaign from surrounding residents who did not want further large numbers of students moving into the area.

There were also concerns the flats, which would accommodate 98 students, would be ‘too small’.

However, the developer argued its scheme would protect the building from further dilapidation and ensure it is preserved for the future.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board has not been given a recommendation about whether to approve the changes from planning officers when its members consider the application next Monday.