Sheffield school site future plans

The demolition of Abbeydale Grange School on Hastings Road, Sheffield
The demolition of Abbeydale Grange School on Hastings Road, Sheffield
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A ‘design brief’ for the redevelopment of a former Sheffield school and education centre site is set to be approved by councillors.

Members of Sheffield Council’s planning and highways committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the plan for the old Abbeydale Grange School and Bannerdale Centre education facility.

The entire site is almost 22 hectares, but less than five hectares of the land can be used for new buildings, as much of it is playing fields and there is also a block of ancient woodland.

The council said it is committed to protecting an equivalent area of green and open space within the site as exists at present.

The former school closed in 2010 and has been demolished, while the old Bannerdale Centre is to be bulldozed in the near future.

Public consultation on the proposals, which involve building housing on areas occupied by the former school and education centre buildings, took place between February and last month.

In a report to the meeting, council planning officers said: “There were 73 people or organisations which commented, 43 during drop-in consultation sessions and 30 by email or letter.”

Some changes have been made after the consultation.

Initial proposals to develop the western end of parkland, rather than the Bannerdale Centre, have been dropped after nearby residents voiced concerns.

There were also objections to the ‘suggested density’ of housing – at 40 to 60 homes per hectare, giving a total of about 200 to 300 homes – and plans to have some housing at heights of three to stories.

However, the council said the density of possible numbers of homes complied with its policies – including the possible impact on air quality, because the site is next to a major bus route and therefore residents would not necessarily need cars.

Officers added that the possible height of buildings was ‘in keeping’ with the height of the former school buildings.

After the design brief is approved, redevelopment proposals will still require full planning consent before they can go ahead.