Housing approved on old Sheffield works site

Kelham Island artist's impression
Kelham Island artist's impression
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An ‘INNOVATIVE’ scheme for more than 100 homes on derelict industrial land in Sheffield has been hailed as a ‘major benefit’ for the city.

Plans for 107 houses and duplex apartments, a creative art space, energy centre with office space above and two shops or restaurants on derelict land at Kelham Island were unanimously approved by members of Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board.

Members heard the scheme, for land next to the former Green Lane Works, would include ‘urban gardens’ and some car parking beneath them.

Retaining character-rich and historic features - such as the Grade II-listed entrance arch to the site - is an important focus. The proposed new building would incorporate some of the old buildings.

Coun Alan Law, planning board chairman, said: “Can I just take this opportunity to congratulate the planning officers and developers for working together to produce a high quality and innovative scheme?

“There’s no doubt this is going to be of major benefit to the city.”

The project - from Leeds-based developer Citu – has been previously welcomed by business leaders locally.

Duncan Shaw, manager of the nearby Fat Cat pub, said: “They’re not just ripping everything to bits and building brand new flat blocks.

“I think it’s going to look good and it will benefit the area - it’s like a little village.

“It will be a draw to the area and it might have a knock-on effect with people more interested in the other apartments around here.”

The land earmarked for the development has been derelict for some time.

It is at the centre of the Kelham Island Conservation Area and was last occupied by MIBA Tyzak, a clutch component manufacturing company.

Homes will be in four styles, with a series of public spaces between buildings for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Speaking after the meeting, Chris Thompson, a partner at Citu, said: “It was very well received in the planning meeting, so we’re looking forward to starting in November.”