Sheffield suburb will be ‘overpopulated by students’

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Residents of a Sheffield community are concerned the area will become overpopulated with students after plans for a new apartment block were approved.

Locals in Sharrow Vale fear the four-storey block of 21 two-bed flats will be targeted at students.

Shelley Cockayne, chairman of the Sharrow Vale Community Association and resident of Gordon Road, said at yesterday’s planning and highways committee meeting: “We aren’t being ‘Nimbys’, we just would like this area to be improved for the better.

“The Association was set up to keep the area clean and to tidy and most of the problems are because of students in the area.”

Committee members gave the go-ahead to the development at the end of Dyson Road, a narrow road next to the Mediterranean restaurant on Sharrow Vale Road, and Gordon Road.

Ms Cockayne said: “I have lived in Sharrow Vale for 20 years. Some of the residents - myself included - will stage a mass exodus as we see quality of life deteriorate before our eyes.”

Local Coun Nikki Bond, who attended the meeting to object to the plans, said: “The provision of a common room and laundry room make it seem obvious that this is targeted at a student market. We feel this will impact on the quality of life for residents because of over population and problems with litter.

“What we need is more affordable family homes.”

Jim Lawler, representing applicants Axis Architecture, said: “This scheme isn’t being targeted at students - I know they’re public enemy number one. This is a residential scheme which will be open to anybody who wishes to reside in these premises.”

Planning officer Chris Heeley added: “If this were a student scheme, it would be in conflict with policy.

“As it’s not a student scheme and not purpose-built student accommodation, in our view we can’t take the view that the policy has been breached.”