STUDENTS could start moving into a £20 million housing development on the edge of Sheffield city centre in two years’ time, developers have said.
Councillors approved plans on Monday for 95 flats and 21 town houses on the junction of Sidney Street and Sylvester Lane.
They had previously refused planning permission, arguing that 445 new student bedrooms would adversely impact the area, which is on the edge of the cultural industries quarter.
But they granted approval after developers Elmsdale Estates and architects Cartwright Pickard reduced the student capacity to 162 and put in more private flats.
The companies have now revealed they expect the project – which includes five buildings rising up to six storeys – to be finished by September 2013, in time for that year’s student intake.
Peter Cartwright, director of Cartwright Pickard, said: “We have worked closely with Sheffield’s planning and conservation teams to get a scheme that meets their aspirations for the cultural industries quarter.
“The mix of accommodation is diverse and should appeal to both students and residents who want a great experience in accommodation that challenges the perception of traditional ways of city centre living.”
Dale Fixter, director of Elmsdale Estates, said: “We have had a vision for this derelict area for many years. It is a fantastic opportunity to provide a first class scheme in a prime position to meet students’ ever increasing appetite for the best space in the best place.
“It will provide a massive fillip to Sheffield and the cultural industries quarter.”