Student flats and office plan in Sheffield centre

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Plans are set to be approved to build 53 student flats and convert a former school building into offices in Sheffield city centre.

Sheffield Council’s planning and highways board has been recommended to grant the scheme for buildings between Garden Street and Broad Lane at its meeting tomorrow.

The proposals would involve a new building and a revamp of the former St Luke’s School, in the St Vincent’s Quarter.

The 53 student flats would accommodate up to 287 individual bedrooms, plus associated facilities.

Offices would be located within the former school building.

Concerns have been expressed about the plans by the neighbouring Sheffield Window Company, which is unhappy about overshadowing and overlooking from windows within the flats.

Meanwhile, Sheffield University is concerned that vibrations during construction may affect ongoing engineering research at its Sorby building.

But, in a report recommending approval, Sheffield Council officers said: “The design of the proposed development is considered acceptable in terms of siting, scale, massing, form and detail.”