Plan to build homes on former Sheffield sports field could be approved

The former Sheffield Hallam University sports field.
The former Sheffield Hallam University sports field.
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More than 130 homes could be built on a former student sports field.

Sheffield Hallam University has applied to put up 138 houses on land between Hemsworth Road and Derbyshire Lane in Norton.

The site was formerly a sports field but has been unused for about 20 years, and the university has agreed to sell it to Miller Homes.

Sheffield city councillors will make their decision on the proposals tomorrow. And despite 35 objections to the planning application, which raised concerns about the impact on roads and schools, council officers have recommended the plans be approved.

A report to councillors says: “The design and layout of the proposed development is considered acceptable, and it is not considered to impact severely on the surrounding highway network.

“With regard to the living conditions, the proposal is designed so that it will not have a detrimental impact on the living conditions of existing residents and provides a good level of amenity to future occupiers of the site.”

The university has agreed to pay £265,000 towards cricket pitch provision elsewhere in the city.

A Miller Homes spokesman said the firm would build ‘up to 138 family homes and affordable homes to help meet the strategic housing needs of the city’.

They added: “It is estimated that more than 40,000 houses will be needed in Sheffield over the next 20 years.

“Miller Homes has consulted local residents and authorities in detail, and will continue to work with planners and the local community to deliver a successful, sustainable residential development for the area.”

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