Former NHS building in leafy Sheffield suburb to be replaced with 160 new homes

Up to 160 new homes will replace NHS buildings in one of Sheffield’s leafiest suburbs.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 12:19 pm

Councillors have backed outline plans to demolish former NHS buildings on Woodfindin Road at Fulwood and create a new housing development.

The plans are still at the early stages so there’s no details yet about what type of homes will be built but councillors said they wanted to see a mix of properties.

There had been 30 objections and local councillor Sue Aston also carried out a consultation which gathered 75 responses.

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Fulwood House (courtesy of White Design)

But the planning board said it was a brownfield site and it was better to build there than the green belt.

Local councillor Cliff Woodcraft made an appeal at the planning meeting and said: “We welcome the growth in housing stock and this is a positive development but I have a couple of concerns.

“I would like to see a broader mix of housing to include single storey properties and also the proposed height of some could be excessive.”

The board agreed. Coun Andrew Sangar said: “It’s a sustainable site on brownfield land and we have to accept we have to develop brownfield if we are going to protect the green belt.

“It’s good that the issue of affordable housing will come back to the board, we need to acknowledge the need for people to downsize and not just have five bedroom detached houses.”

Coun Roger Davison added: “This is a rare site that is going to come up in Sheffield in a very nice position. I welcome that it can be a mixed development and when the full plans come in, we can make sure that’s going to be fulfilled.”

The buildings were built over a 100 year period and were home to NHS Health and Social Care services but the trust says it no longer needs it. The NHS will receive the money from the sale of the site.

All the buildings will be removed bar the Edwardian Old Fulwood House – built in 1911 for a well-known local family who manufactured snuff – which will be converted.