Former Sheffield paper mill site to be transformed into huge housing development

Developers have been given the green light to build a 284-home development on the site of an old Sheffield paper mill, with plans that councillors have described as ‘superb’.

Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 4:00 pm
The deal has paved the way for work to begin at the former Oughtibridge Mill site

Barratt David Wilson Homes and Sky House Company will build the homes on the site that was once the home of Oughtibridge Mill, after the plans were unanimously approved during a planning and highways meeting.

Steve McBurney, head of planning at Commercial Estates Group, said: “This scheme provides a fantastic opportunity to regenerate a challenging brownfield site for much needed housing.

"It will open up and enhance this beautiful woodland setting, enabling public access for the first time and encouraging both existing and new residents to walk and cycle in the local area.

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"Since the last outline planning application was granted in January, CEG has invested £4.5 million in demolishing existing buildings, decontaminating the site and constructing the initial infrastructure - which includes a new safe cycle access, a new spine road and bridge across the River Don.

"This will ensure quicker delivery of the homes."

Councillor Peter Price was asked to report back from a visit to the site, he said: “It's a very large site and it's an exciting development.

"I think it's superb and will look very attractive in the setting."

Andrew Sangar said he had one reservation - that because the site was on the edge of Sheffield and Barnsley, he urged the council to ask the government if they can change the boundaries to make it officially part of the city.

Developers were granted an application to not include affordable housing in the scheme but are instead, required to pay £1.75 million contribution towards affordable housing schemes elsewhere in the city.

They will also need to pay £737,427 for a pedestrian bridge as well as money towards local education and £20,000 for bus stop improvements in the area.