Booking in for Beauchief plan

Plans have been submitted to turn the former Beauchief Hotel into a housing development.

Thursday, 9th June 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 10th June 2016, 10:25 am
The Beauchief Hotel, Abbeydale Road South. Picture: Andrew Roe

Under the proposals, 18 flats and 12 detached houses would be created at the site, on Abbeydale Road South.

The hotel closed to guests and the restaurant shut on New Year’s Eve after bosses Brewkitchen decided to cease trading.

In documents lodged with Sheffield Council, the site’s owners Sheafbank Investments said the continued use of the building as a hotel was ‘futile’ and that the new scheme would be a ‘notable residential enclave’.

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Six two-bedroom apartments are envisaged in the original building, built in 1900 as the Abbeydale Station Hotel. The Beauchief’s modern extension would be demolished and replaced with a block of 12 two-bedroom flats, while 12 detached houses would be built on the car park.

The entrance to the car park would be expanded to provide access to the homes, and garages, driveways and communal parking would also be provided.

Sheafbank said the application followed ‘a pattern of small hotel and public house obsolescence that has emerged in the last decade, for a number of reasons’.

The owners, a consortium of businessmen, took on the premises in 2007, paying £3.65 million for the site.

They said three businesses had shut at the Beauchief before Brewkitchen took it on.

“They have traded the premises since 2012 but now find once more that good, positive business is more than difficult in such a location with old, awkward premises.

“The closure of four separate businesses operating from the Old Station Hotel Building within a period of eight years rather suggests beyond any doubt that such continued use of this site for the said purpose is futile.”

They said the plans would offer ‘a good mix of new homes’ that were ‘aimed at helping with the apparent shortage of housing supply in the city’.