Kelham Island homes will help area’s ‘renaissance’ - developer says

100 homes are due to be built on the old Richardson's Cutlery site, on Alma Street. Picture: Andrew Roe
100 homes are due to be built on the old Richardson's Cutlery site, on Alma Street. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Developers hope their agreed scheme for 100 new houses in Kelham Island will play a major part in the continuing ‘renaissance’ of the area.

Councillors this week approved plans for a mixture of townhouses and apartments, as well as offices and a public square, on the old Richardsons Cutlery Works.

The planning committee heard that the site had been derelict for many years and was a ‘blot’ on the Kelham Island Conservation Area.

Applicant Citu, based in Leeds, is also behind the Little Kelham development and bosses said they hoped it would be ‘equally as popular.’

Aisling Ramshaw, sales and marketing director, said: “We’re delighted that the committee agreed with the officer’s recommendations for approval.

“Citu, along with our partners, have worked closely with the local authority and the Kelham Island community and we think this will be a major part of the continuing renaissance of the area.

“Kelham Island is a special part of Sheffield, full of striking architecture and this scheme will provide well-designed, low carbon homes as well as beautiful public spaces.”

At Tuesday’s meeting committee chairman Alan Law also said: “It’s going to end up being the area that is the jewel in the crown of Sheffield.’

However they did admit more needed to be done about parking after Trevor Wraith, landlord of the Kelham Island Taven, spoke in objection.

A temporary car park and pay and display parking was removed from the area some time ago, and as more homes have been built parking has become scarcer.

Mr Wraith said trade was ‘falling’because customers could not park nearby, and that the nearest block to the pub would mean that a popular beer garden was ‘cast into absolute shade’.

The meeting heard balconies had been moved and the block nearest to the pub stepped down to three storeys.

Mr Wraith said afterwards: “I was hoping it would be made two storey - I’m disappointed they didn’t fetch that block down as English Heritage advised them to when the planning application started in 2008, for the sake of a couple of apartments.

“I do want something to built on the site but it should be the right thing for all.”

Citu said it would work with the community.