Sheffield Hallam University plans passed despite concerns

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SHEFFIELD Hallam University has been granted planning approval for a £25 million revamp of a main campus, and for a separate site to be redeveloped as new housing.

The Heart of the Campus project, which involves a major revamp of buildings between Collegiate Crescent and Broomgrove Road, was praised as a ‘great development’ by members of Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board.

But the proposals for the old Psalter Lane campus, at Nether Edge, were met with concern from residents living next to a proposed access road.

The plans include making a new road from Brincliffe Gardens to the 40 homes planned for the site.

Planning officials said the historic access from Psalter Lane was too narrow and also too close to another junction to be safe for vehicles such as dust carts and fire engines.

Stephen Green, a chemist who lives on Brincliffe Gardens with wife, Laura, a council home support worker, and children Alfie, eight, and Alvina, two, said: “Our concerns are that when the leaves fall from trees and bushes in autumn, cars entering and leaving the estate will have a full view of our garden.

“We are also worried about increased traffic on a narrow, residential road.”

The planning board approved the proposed new housing – which includes apartments in the former Bluecoats School building – and the access road, on condition screening is provided such as a fence to ensure the Greens keep their privacy.

Mrs Green said she and her husband were ‘happy’ with the compromise.

A £1m contribution must also be made by Hallam or developer Bellway Homes to fund affordable housing elsewhere in the city.

The planning committee also approved plans for shops and five new flats on the site of a former garage on Newman Road, Wincobank. There were 19 letters and a 71-name petition objecting to the shops due to extra noise and traffic, but no protesters attended the meeting. Council officials said the scheme was ‘acceptable’.