New 160-flat student apartment block planned for Sheffield

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A major new student apartment block could be built on top of an existing building near Sheffield city centre.

Planning permission is being sought to build an extension on top of Pinders printer company on Hodgson Street in the Devonshire Quarter.

It is intended the new housing block would include 160 apartments, with the majority being one-bedroom studio flats.

The building would also contain a laundry, gym and cinema room for the use of residents.

A design and access statement prepared by Axis Architecture on behalf of applicant Noble Design And Build said the first phase of the development was completed in 2009.

It said the new housing would form part of the ongoing regeneration of the area, while it is also intended Noble Design will open new offices at the site.

The report said: “Overall the Devonshire Quarter has undergone a dramatic change in character with major urban regeneration in the last 10 years.

“Now this once highly industrial area is being sought-after as a residential and commercial location.”

Planning permission was previously granted in October 2006 for 68 apartments at the site, but the new application has altered the size and number of flats that would be in the block.

The report said: “The area has suffered from vandalism and neglect in recent years and the introduction of a critical mass of high quality housing in the area is seen as key to its regeneration.

“The amount of development also reflects the density/massing of other developments in the area.

“The ground floor is proposed to be commercial use to reflect the mixed use area and to provide interest at street level. The proposed student apartments above reflect the car-free nature of the scheme.

“The development will provide employment opportunities on the site not currently available, temporarily during the construction of the building and also through the creation of jobs in the proposed management offices and in managing and maintaining the Noble group’s buildings.”