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Approval for 800-bed student tower blocks in Sheffield City Centre

An artist's impression of the new development
An artist's impression of the new development
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A towering complex of student apartments overlooking The Moor in Sheffield has been given the go-ahead after developers upped  their financial offer after councillors said they were not happy with the proposed affordable housing contribution.

They had initially offered a sum of £600,000 towards the authority’s building fund - almost £800,000 short of the £1.37m the council was expecting.

But members of Sheffield City Council’s planning and highways committee agreed to accept an updated offer of £865,000 - still £505,000 short of what councillors had demanded.

The application was first heard last month but was held back to allow the developer to renegotiate with council officers.

The development will now see the creation of four tower blocks of up to 17 stories with a total of 860 beds on the site of the long-established Stokes Tiles on Moore Street, spreading out to Fitzwilliam Street and Thomas Street.

Whilst the development is primarily for students, it could also be used as accommodation for young professionals or recent graduates who are keen to remain in Sheffield.

The development will overlook the Grade II listed Taylors Eyewitness Works on neighbouring Milton Street.

The complex will include four buildings with 268 studios and 87 apartments offering between two and eight bedrooms, and is expected to take at least two years to complete.

There will be communal facilities including a coffee shop, spaces to study, dine and socialise, a gym, cinema, laundry and games area, party room, table tennis terrace, shared courtyard, outdoor basketball court and roof terraces.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Mike Chaplin said: “Clearly student numbers are fairly stable in Sheffield. The city living aspect of this development I’m still not convinced by but we still need quality, managed student places and I think we should support this scheme.”

Councillors also praised developers for the speed at which they had returned with a renewed financial offer.