Sheffield charity’s residential plans submitted

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Plans for a major residential project to allow a Sheffield charity to help homeless and vulnerable people have been submitted.

The proposals – submitted to planning authority Sheffield Council – from St Wilfrid’s Centre, on Queens Road, Highfield, would see a block of 20 apartments built on donated land located next to the facility.

The £2 million project, will provide low-cost accommodation, as well as communal spaces and meeting rooms for the charity to extend its services.

It means men and women aged between 16 and 80 will be able to live there for two years while attending courses and classes to bring stability to their lives.

Kevin Bradley, director of St Wilfrid’s, said: “The residential project could be a model for the rest of society and a flagship for Sheffield.”

The scheme already has the support of businesses who have pledged to donate materials for construction.

Money has already been donated towards the centre, which was praised by The Reverend Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, when he visited last month.

Sheffield-based architects Coda Studios have designed the plans.

David Cross, Coda managing director, said: “We were delighted to be asked to work on this project which means so much for the future of a great Sheffield charity.

“We are pleased too that it will bring together so many local companies all working towards providing an outstanding new facility for St Wilfrid’s.”