Sheffield church flats conversion plans d-day

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LONG-awaited plans to convert a disused Sheffield church into 19 student flats housing up to 105 people are to be considered for approval by a council planning board.

The proposals involve the Grade II listed former Crookes Valley Methodist Church at the Crookesmoor crossroads.

In their report, council planning officers say the proposals involve ‘enhancement’ of existing boundary walls, removal of an ‘unsightly’ fire escape, and replacement of modern doors with ‘traditional’ windows.

But 21 people have been objected, on the grounds the ‘internal character of the building will be permanently lost’ and the proposed rooms will be ‘too small’.

Sheffield University has also objected due to the number of bedrooms which it says would ‘adversely affect community balance’.

The developer has said the number of rooms is needed to make the conversion viable.

No recommendation over whether to grant or reject the scheme has been made to councillors, who will make their decision at a meeting on Tuesday.

The same board is set to approve plans for 116 houses on land between Park Spring Drive and East Bank Road, at Norfolk Park. The homes will be the first built by the new Sheffield Housing Company - a consortium including the council - for sale at ‘affordable’ prices and for rent.

The plans are recommended for approval despite a petition by 57 residents who are unhappy about creation of a link to East Bank Road.

They fear it will bring crime and anti-social behaviour to Norfolk Park from other areas.