Former cutlery factory set to be demolished for flats

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plans to demolish a former industrial building and build student flats and a ground floor retail unit on the site are being considered by Sheffield Council.

The city centre, south and east planning board has been recommended to approve the scheme for the former Pearl Works site, on Eyre Lane, in the city centre.

The application is for a six-storey building with five floors of flats which would accommodate up to 52 students, and a ground-floor retail unit.

The building is not listed and permission was previously granted, in 2007, to demolish it and build offices.

Two objections have been made to the current application, however.

One protester said the replacement building ‘does not retain the character of the conservation area and is of no architectural merit’.

Another objection stated the proposal would result in the loss of a ‘heritage asset’, argung: “The Royal Commission for Historical Monuments of England Survey describes Pearl Works as a good example of an early 20th Century cutlery factory in Sheffield.

“The current owners have allowed the building to deteriorate in order that it is no longer an asset.

“No consideration has been given to re-using the building for arts or education.”

Concerns were also made about traffic.

But council officials said Pearl Works were a ‘low order heritage asset’ and uneconomic to refurbish.

Developers must pay £39,000 to improve public open space if given consent.

At Monday’s meeting, members will also consider separate proposals for 10 student flats on the Yorkshire Co-op car park on Beeley Street, off London Road, which are also recommended for approval.