Concerns over Sheffield steel firm’s noise if flats built

Coun Bryan Lodge,'cabinet member for finance, Sheffield Council
Coun Bryan Lodge,'cabinet member for finance, Sheffield Council
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A Sheffield steel melting company is worried it will be driven away due to noise complaints from the future residents of a new block of flats.

Members of the council’s planning committee gave the green light for 138 student apartments at the former WW Laycock and Sons building on Suffolk Road in Sheffield.

But Alex Barrymore, of the neighbouring Alloy Steel Melting Co, told the meeting he was concerned the students will find the noise from the firm unbearable.

He said: “It’s impossible to take out an operation like ours without a considerable amount of noise.

“I can’t predict what the future operations may involve and what effect it could have on the new building.

“I’m concerned complaints in the future will put constraints on our operation, which will significantly affect our ability to provide a cost effective service to our customers.”

The Alloy Steel Melting Co has been at the site on Cross Turner Street for over 17 years.

Mr Barrymore said: “We now melt about 1,000 tonnes a year as part of the scrap metal recycling process.

“We are a small but very important part of a very large industry here in South Yorkshire.

“We take our deliveries very early in the morning between 5am and 7am and we start melting at 5am or sometimes as early as midnight as this helps us with cheap electricity.”

Planning committee member Coun Bryan Lodge said: “I need to be reassured the businesses are going to be protected going forward.

“It’s about looking to see that we aren’t going to put any obstructions in their way. The businesses were there first and we don’t want to chase them out.”

Planning officer Lucy Bond said traffic noise was also a problem and added: “All these noises compete with one another on this particular site so it’s going to have to be an incredibly good scheme to keep the noise out of these units and that’s something the developer has factored in.”

The granted planning application involves part demolition of the existing building and the construction of purpose-built managed student accommodation with 138 studio apartments over six storeys. It also includes a management suite, common room, laundry room and IT room, along with either a restaurant or office on the Suffolk Road frontage.