‘Massive’ student flats scheme set for rejection

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PLANS to replace a former car dealership with a huge development of student flats are set to be rejected after being branded ‘massively disproportionate’.

Robinson Architects is applying for permission to build 175 student ‘cluster flats’ to accommodate up to 877 people on the site of the former Gordon Lamb car dealers, on Summerfield Street, off Ecclesall Road.

The flats would be in buildings between eight and ten storeys high and also include facilities such as a gym, bars and restaurants.

But Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board members have been recommended to reject the scheme when they consider it at a meeting on Monday.

Planning officers said the proposal was out of scale and character with the surrounding area.

The site already has planning permission for offices, 205 apartments, car parking and a shop, granted in 2010, but 19 letters of objection have been made about the new plans.

Residents said they would prefer ‘quality flats’ rather than a student development, adding that with falling student numbers, there was ‘doubt’ whether the scheme would be needed.

Objectors said the proposals were ‘massively disproportionate to the space available and will jeopardise the current delicate balance between offices, retail and private dwellings’.

They added that the height of the planned blocks would ‘overpower neighbouring buildings and be totally out of character’.