Plans for long-running Hallam Towers development in Sheffield changed once more

Hallam Towers – one of the most well known sites in Sheffield – is back before planners. Yet again.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 3:47 pm

The iconic hotel closed in 2004 and its redevelopment dates back to 2006 when plans were approved for 122 apartments in a new tower and 11 three storey houses.

It took years for any work to begin on the site – the tower wasn’t demolished until 2017 – and even the developers themselves have noted the “false starts”.

In February, councillors agreed another two floors could be added to the height of the new tower, taking it up to 15 storeys with 103 apartments.

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They said they hoped it would finally bring closure to the long-running saga. But Blenheim Land and Properties want to amend the plans once more.

This time they want to replace the previously approved townhouses and corner apartments with five detached and two semi-detached houses.

Axis Architecture, on behalf of developers, says: “This is a full planning application which deals with amended proposals for phase four of the development

“The development has been reduced having taken account the number of apartments in the main tower and to achieve an improved balance of house types and provision for family housing.

“The proposals will further enhance the range of residential units on offer in the area and will strengthen the cohesion of the existing community.”

Developers say making the houses smaller and using more natural stone and slate roofing will be more in keeping with the character of the Conservation Area and immediate neighbours.

They add: “The Tower element, which is in the process of being rebuilt, was always seen as a landmark rising gracefully above the mature trees, when seen across the valley from Banner Cross, Ecclesall Road, down to Endcliffe Park, with key views also from the existing entrance positions on Fulwood Road and Manchester Road as well as glimpse views from Broomhill.

“It was a bold move by planners back in the 70s to approve a tall building in this location but the iconic modernist architecture stood the test of time until its demise following the closure of the hotel.

“With the redevelopment of the site now underway after so many years of false starts, this represents a clear enhancement to the Conservation Area, also delivering much needed housing in the process.”

The scheme has been designed as a gated community with secure access from both Manchester Road and Fulwood Road and will make extensive use of CCTV for security.

The report adds: “A key sustainable objective for developments is to create safe environments where crime and disorder or fear of crime does not undermine quality of life or community cohesion.”

An “s” has been added on to the original Hallam Tower name and it’s now Hallam Towers. Estate agent Redbrik says almost a third of the apartments are now reserved. Prices start from £215,000 for a one bedroomed, rising to £750,000-plus for a penthouse.

Planning officers are considering the application, which can be viewed here