Industrial works in Sheffield city centre are set to be demolished and replaced with new student flats.
Sheffield Council planners have conditionally recommended proposals to knock down the Silverpride Works on Matilda Street to make way for 103 student apartments are given the go-ahead.
The new apartment block – being put forward by DLP Planning on behalf of applicant SB Wall & Bolsterstone (Chesterfield) LLP – will be up to six storeys high in places. Councillors will make a decision on the application at a public meeting next Tuesday, April 26.
A report to the meeting said the planned height of the building was acceptable, despite it being located in the Cultural Industries Quarter Conservation Area.
Calls had been made by a Conservation Advisory Group that the development should be no larger than five storeys, but a report to councillors said the current design is considered to be acceptable.
It added: “The existing buildings are not of architectural merit and their removal will not be harmful to the conservation area. The development will provide acceptable living conditions for future occupiers and is in a highly sustainable location, close to excellent public transport links and a range of amenities.”
As part of the conditions for the building of the new apartments, the developers will be required to pay £39,820 towards the building of affordable housing in the city.
A statement from the developers in support of the application said the intended change is a reflection on how Sheffield’s economy has altered.
It said: “The site sits within what used to be an industrial engine room, in a city famous for its metal technologies producing objects such as knives, cutlery and tools. Much of this commercial activity has sadly now disappeared as the economic and social climate has evolved.
“This however provides opportunity for creative reuse of buildings and sites to reinvent the area as a hive of creative activity once again.
“It is envisioned for the cultural industries quarter that the area becomes such a place; home to creative start-up businesses, local light industrial companies, balanced with appropriate urban living clusters. The changing economic climate since the 1980s has led to the decline of much of Sheffield’s historic manufacturing trade making way for a new age of creative and digital workshops.”