Sheffield residents upset over plan for ‘student flats’

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OBJECTIONS are being made to plans to turn a former terrace house into three flats – which residents fear could become more student housing.

People living around Crookesmoor are against further expansion of the area’s ‘transient’ student population, to try to ensure the neighbourhood has a community feel.

Eight letters of objection have been made to Sheffield Council against the proposals for the building on Harcourt Road.

It is currently two flats – one on the ground floor, and a larger flat covering the upper two storeys.

The three flats would each have two bedrooms. Previous plans to convert the property into a multi-occupancy house for eight people were refused last year.

Neighbouring residents want the property to remain as two flats and to be ‘developed to a higher standard attractive to long-term residents’ – and they want the council to impose a condition banning students.

But Sheffield Council planning officers have recommended approval because they said the plans would not harm the amenities of local residents.