Offices to make way for new flats

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More than 100 flats are on the way under new plans to convert an office building off Ecclesall Road into studio apartments.

A change of use application has been submitted to Sheffield Council to turn Porterbrook House on Pear Street - formerly occupied by the Department for Work and Pensions - into 105 apartments over four floors.

The DWP occupied the building for 25 years before moving out two years ago as part of a national restructure.

In a letter to the council, agents DLP Planning - acting for developer Broomgrove - said: “The change of use from office to residential relates to all three existing blocks including ground, first, second and third floor levels.

“The proposals do not increase the building’s footprint.

“Each of the existing building blocks are retained as discrete units with separate entrances, and the layout is replicated across the development.”

There is already on-site parking for 96 cars.

“The change of use would not have a detrimental transport and highways impact,” DLP added.

The proposals are the latest application to focus on the area off Ecclesall Road close to Waitrose.

Last week a new completion date of 2017 was announced for the Manor Mill student village, a £52 million scheme set to be built on a former car dealership at the corner of Napier Street and Summerfield Street.

The development will feature 175 flats, cafes, restaurants and a riverside walk along the Porter Brook.

The site has lain dormant since planning agreements were signed off in 2012.

Meanwhile another project is planned on land between Summerfield Street and Pear Street, offering 44 student apartments and 120 homes for single people, couples and families.