Thumbs up for 784-bed flat complex in Sheffield

A 784-bed  complex of student a private flats planned for the site of Gordon Lamb Limited off Summerfield Street, Sheffield. Acanthus WSM Architects
A 784-bed complex of student a private flats planned for the site of Gordon Lamb Limited off Summerfield Street, Sheffield. Acanthus WSM Architects
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Councillors have given the green light to a third proposal to redevelop industrial land that has lain empty for years.

Abode Hallam Limited was today granted permission to build a 784-bed complex of student and private flats on the former Gordon Lamb car dealership site in Summerfield Street, near Ecclesall Road.

A 784-bed  complex of student a private flats planned for the site of Gordon Lamb Limited off Summerfield Street, Sheffield. Acanthus WSM Architects

A 784-bed complex of student a private flats planned for the site of Gordon Lamb Limited off Summerfield Street, Sheffield. Acanthus WSM Architects

The development will be split into four blocks, and will also include shops, cafes and restaurants. Part of Porter Brook will be uncovered and a river walkway and cycle route will be created alongside.

According to Abode Hallam, the scheme represents ‘significant investment’ in Sheffield and will address a shortfall in housing.

Developers have put forward two other projects for the site since the car dealership closed.

Councillors approved plans for 205 apartments and a restaurant in December 2005, while in 2012 permission was granted for the £52 million Manor Mill student village, which was to house 900 students.

A 784-bed  complex of student a private flats planned for the site of Gordon Lamb Limited off Summerfield Street, Sheffield. Acanthus WSM Architects

A 784-bed complex of student a private flats planned for the site of Gordon Lamb Limited off Summerfield Street, Sheffield. Acanthus WSM Architects

The latest development will include buildings up to 10 storeys high. A report to the planning committee said the plans were of a similar scale to the Manor Mill project.

It added: “Although the height of the development does jar with the context in places, this again must be considered alongside the previous approval on the site, which was granted within the same policy context.

“It would therefore not be reasonable to view the proposed scale as unacceptable.

“A new pedestrian walkway linking Napier Street to Summerfield Street along the banks of the Porter Brook is proposed.

“This is welcomed as it improves pedestrian permeability along the strategic green network.”

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