A derelict piece of land described as a ‘blot’ on Kelham Island can be developed into almost 100 homes, it has been agreed today,
Proposals to build a mixture of houses and apartments, offices and a public space, on the old Richardsons Cutlery Works were given the go-ahead by Sheffield Council’s planning committee.
Planning officer Lucy Bond said the site had derelict for many years and it ‘really is a blot on the Kelham Island Conservation Area at the moment’.
Councillors praised the development and chairman Alan Law also said: “It’s going to end up being the area that is the jewel in the crown of Sheffield.’
However councillors admitted that more needed to be done to improve parking in the area after Kelham Island Tavern landlord Trevor Wraith spoke to the meeting.
He said that trade was ‘falling’ in the area because customers could not park nearby, and that the nearest block to the pub - the oldest building in the area - would mean that a popular beer garden was ‘cast into absolute shade’.
He said bringing more people into the area sounded positive but hundreds of students had already moved in and they did not always use local businesses.
The meeting heard that balconies had been moved and the block nearest to the pub stepped down to three storeys.
It was told that there would be ‘some impact’ in terms of sunshine it was thought to be acceptable.
At its highest point, the development will be five storeys and it will have 65 underground parking spaces.
The homes will be suitable for families are the development is not targeted at students.
Mr Wraith said after the meeting that the block would still be 10 feet higher than the pub.
He added: “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 everyone.”
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.
Planning committee member Coun Tony Damms said: “I think we want to ask officers if they could look at how and what they can do to improve parking in the area - I don’t this will make it worse but it could do with being made better.”
Developer Citu is also behind the £13m Little Kelham project currently being built.
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