Fight against Sheffield homes plan gains support

Tapton Hall of Residence, Crookes, Sheffield.
Tapton Hall of Residence, Crookes, Sheffield.
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Plans to build homes on the site of a former university hall of residence in Sheffield have been hit with more opposition.

Sheffield University and developers Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire want to demolish the empty Tapton Halls, off Crookes Road and Taptonville Road, to make way for 94 houses and apartments.

Now English Heritage and local councillor Shaffaq Mohammed have objected - joining dozens of residents protesting against the scheme, along with university lecturers and the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society.

English Heritage says the proposed homes are poorly designed and will harm the Broomhill Conservation Area, while Mr Mohammed raised road safety concerns.

Council approval was granted three-and-a-half years ago for another housing application on the site but building work never started.

In a letter to Sheffield Council, English Heritage inspector Kathryn Gibson said the new plans were a ‘reduction in quality’ compared to the old scheme.

“The scheme as a whole fails to achieve an adequate standard of detailed design, and is likely to harm, rather than enhance, the significance of the historic townscape of Broomhill,” said Ms Gibson.

Meanwhile Mr Mohammed, Liberal Democrat councillor for Broomhill, said the plan ‘represents an over-development of the site’.

He said the properties were ‘out of character’ with Victorian villas on nearby roads, and said the site’s historic secret garden was a ‘haven for wildlife’ such as bats.

“Access to the site is opposite a blind bend, and near a bad junction at Lydgate Lane. I am very concerned about the potential for accidents,” said the councillor.