Student flats plan for derelict church

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A CHURCH which has been derelict for almost a decade is set to be brought back into use as student accommodation.

Crookes Valley Methodist Church, which dates back to 1881, but has not been used since 2003, could be converted by 2013 if the development is approved.

Northern Eye Properties, the building’s current owner, has announced joint plans with Sheffield University to convert the building into flats which will accommodate up to 109 students.

The development will have three, five and six-bedroom flats and is to be called The Heritage at Sheffield University.

Sheffield Council said plans were still at the ‘pre-application stage’. Consent has previously been granted for a different flats scheme by Northern Eye in 2007.

Northern Eye said construction could begin in 2012 if the new plans are granted - with the properties available for the start of the academic year in 2013.