Sheffield student flats plan 'not in-keeping with conservation area'

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Plans to build a seven-storey block of flats to house students in the City Centre Conservation Area looks set to be turned down when it is considered by Sheffield City Council next week.

The application by DLP Planning Ltd would see accommodation for more than 60 students over six floors, with ground floor commercial space and cycle storage on the junction of Trippet Lane and Bailey Lane in the city centre.

However, planning staff say in a report that the proposed development in not in-keeping with local architecture.

“The planning authority considers that the proposed design of the development by reason of its height, massing and elevational treatment is out of keeping with the character of the City Centre Conservation Area and would appear as an incongruous and dominant feature which does not reflect the height and topography of the immediate area.

“It would therefore be injurious to the visual amenities of the conservation area and street scene.”

The report states that council planning staff had tried to work with the applicant to reach a compromise but it had not been possible “to reach an agreed solution”.

The application will be considered by Sheffield City Council’s next planning and highways committee, set to take place on Tuesday, May 22.