Houses and flats planned for site of Sheffield conference centre

Whirlow Grange
Whirlow Grange
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Plans have been lodged to knock down a former conference centre in Whirlow and build new homes in its place.

Developers want to put up five detached houses and nine apartments on the site of Whirlow Grange, off Whirlow Grange Drive, Ecclesall Road South.

The centre - which was used for weddings, conferences and Christian retreats - closed its doors after 60 years last July, with all bookings cancelled after that date.

At the time, the centre’s chairman Rev John Stride said the operation was ‘unsustainable financially’ as there was ‘not enough business from the faith community’ to cover costs.

The adjacent Spirituality Centre continues to run religious events.

Architects Mitchell and Proctor, handling the scheme for Bakewell-based County Developments, said the detached homes ‘reflect the substantial dwellings found in Whirlow’ and that each house will have a double garage.

“The proposals will make a positive contribution, giving a new use for the site, preserving and enhancing local distinctiveness and respecting the character of the locality,” the architects said in the plans. Proposals were ‘in keeping with the character of the area’ and maintain ‘reasonable levels of privacy’.