Derelict Sheffield industrial land set for transformation

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PLANS are set to be approved for 107 new apartments, an arts space, a shop and restaurant on a disused former industrial site.

The scheme is being proposed on land next to the old Green Lane Works, on Green Lane, Kelham Island, which has been derelict for several years.

Most of the buildings which used to stand at the site have already been demolished, although a brick building known as Eagle Works and a two-storey former entrance building remain.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board has been recommended to approve the scheme at its meeting on Monday.

The application has been welcomed by businesses in the area.

Duncan Shaw, manager of the neighbouring Fat Cat pub, said: “At the moment, the site is a big empty space and developments such as the one proposed make the area a nicer place to be in.

“Having more people move into an area such as this makes it more lively, is good for security and, in our case, could bring more customers.”

Mr Shaw said the Green Lane site has been ‘derelict for a few years’ - although there have not been major problems often associated with derelict sites, such as dumping.

The development site was most recently occupied by MIBA Tyzak, a clutch component manufacturing company.

Previous development plans include a scheme passed in 2005 for 310 apartments which was never built. Central Ward Green Party councillor Jillian Creasy has broadly praised the new proposals although called for inclusion of more green space.

An occupant of Brooklyn Works also ‘welcomed’ the plans but ‘expressed concern’ about close proximity of some bedrooms at the new flats to the street outside.

The proposed new building would incorporate some of the remaining buildings on site in its design.

In their report, Sheffield Council planning officers said: “The proposed development will make a positive contribution to the existing Kelham Island community.

“It is considered that the contemporary design, along with retention and re-use of Eagle Works and the historic boundary wall, will enhance the setting of neighbouring listed buildings.”