Controversial building demolitions given green light in Sheffield’s cultural quarter

Cultural quarter Buildings'Sidney Street
Cultural quarter Buildings'Sidney Street
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Controversial plans to demolish buildings in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter have been given the go-ahead despite widespread opposition.

A renewal of planning permission has been granted to Elmsdale Estates for a series of warehouses and industrial buildings around Matilda Street, Sidney Street, Arundel Street and Sylvester Street to make way for new student accommodation and private housing.

It is also intended a new microbrewery and office space will be built.

The approval comes despite more than 100 official objections and an online petition against the plans signed by nearly 2,000 people.

Artists, musicians and small businesses based in the quarter had campaigned against the scheme, claiming the proposals would be detrimental to the city’s creative industries.

Planning permission was granted in October 2011 but needed to be renewed as work had not started within the legal limit of three years.

Council officers made a delegated decision to give the work the go-ahead.

A report said planning permission should be renewed despite the public opposition as there had not been a ‘significant change’ in circumstances since it was originally granted in 2011.

Coun Jillian Creasy, Green Party member for the Central ward, said earlier this month that it may be a couple of years before work starts on demolition.