New plans lodged for 11 family homes at former Chapeltown Baths

New plans have been submitted to Sheffield City Council, for 11 semi-detached homes on the site of the former Chapeltown Baths.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 1:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 12:38 pm

Architects from Sheffield's award winning Coda studios announced in August 2018 that they were drawing up plans for the redevelopment of the site on Burncross Road, which has remained unused since the closure of the baths in February 2016

Working on behalf of Rotherham-based Eyre Investments, the Coda team submitted plans for 32 one and two bedroom residential apartments, ideal for commuters due to their location.

In April 2019, permission was granted for the construction of a new building of between two and four storeys, providing one- and two-bedroom apartments.

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Chapeltown Baths prior to its demolition

However, in the design and access statement for the new application, Chris Carr Architects Ltd states that although permission was granted for 38 apartments, the applicants believe the market is already ‘well-supplied’.

In the statement, they add: “The site , which is currently derelict and unused, was, prior to its demolition, the site of the Chapeltown Baths.

“Detailed planning permission has already been granted for residential development with 38 apartments over two, three and four floors.

“There have been numerous apartment blocks built in Chapeltown during recent years and there are a number of other similar proposals for the area.

“The applicants have re-visited their development appraisal for the site and believe that the market is already well supplied with apartments and that there is currently a healthy demand for traditional family houses.”

The new houses are described in the application as having three to four bedrooms, and the statement continues: “All new houses have 3-4 bedrooms with generous living space and most have

private garages. All new dwellings have spacious gardens and are set within a heavily landscaped site.”

Chapeltown Baths were a centre point for the community for over five decades, and after their closure in 2016, the building had fallen into a state of disrepair.

The site was purchased, on the condition that residential housing was to be built on the land.

The developers are not required to make a contribution to affordable housing, as the threshold is for developments of 15 homes or more.