New plan for massive student flats development off Ecclesall Road

The planned flats off Ecclesall Road
The planned flats off Ecclesall Road
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Revised plans for a massive new development of student flats off Ecclesall Road have been submitted.

It is intended vacant land on Summerfield Street will be used to house almost 450 students, while the development will also contain 237 private rental apartments, along with shops and cafes/restaurants.

The application relates to the same piece of land where planning permission was agreed in 2012 for the intended £52m Manor Mill student village, which was to include rooms for almost 900 students.

But after that scheme never came to fruition, planning permission is now being sought for the new proposals on the derelict former Gordon Lamb car dealership.

The scheme, being put forward by applicant Adobe Hallam, includes plans for buildings up to 10 storeys high following discussions with planning officers that saw original designs for buildings up to 17 storeys high revised.

As part of the development, a riverside walkway and cycle route alongside the nearby Porter Brook would be created.

A spokesman for agent Marrons Planning said: “The intention is to revitalise an under-used asset, the Porter Brook waterfront, and to redevelop a redundant brownfield site.

“It is hoped this development will follow in the footsteps of other urban regeneration schemes in Sheffield - notably Ward’s Brewery on Ecclesall Road - to provide a catalyst for future development in the vicinity.

“The introduction of student residences and private rental apartments will enliven what is currently an under-inhabited area of the city, but which affords easy access to the city’s two universities and the city centre. The diversity and quality of the accommodation will appeal to many students, post graduates, young professionals and couples.”

The spokesman said the facilities at the site will be ‘akin to a contemporary hotel’.

A decision on whether to give the proposals the go-ahead is expected in July.