Student flats plan given green light

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COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead to plans for 95 flats and 21 town houses on the edge of Sheffield city centre.

Developers were knocked back when they first applied for planning approval in June - but this time members of a council planning board were far more impressed with the blueprints, and voted through the proposals for the junction of Sidney Street and Sylvester Lane with little objection.

At the last hearing councillors were worried about the height of the five buildings - some stretching up to seven storeys - and concerned about the impact on the area of 445 new students.

But developers Elmsdale Estates redrew the plans - taking a floor off the highest block and reducing the number of student bedrooms to 162, in 32 flats.

The remaining properties will be private, with 63 apartments and 21 town houses.

Coun Alan Law, chair of the city centre, south and east planning board, welcomed the scheme, and said: “There are some pretty grotty areas in that part of town. It will certainly be helped by the development.”

Nine of 10 members voted to approve the plan. Coun Martin Lawton abstained, pointing out that there was nothing to stop the private apartments and six-bedroom town houses being used to house students too.