Tapton Halls housing seems set for approval

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Objectors to controversial plans to redevelop the former Tapton Hall of Residence are calling for a last-minute ‘rethink’ on the proposals.

Revised plans – which have been on and off the agenda for nine years – to build 63 houses and 34 apartments between Crookes Road and Taptonville Road are recommended for approval by council planners at a meeting tomorrow.

Objectors, including residents and the Broomhill Action Neighbourhood Group, say The University of Sheffield’s plan is not suitable for the location.

The site is part of the Broomhill Conservation Area and has a Victorian walled garden within it containing more than 2,000 plant species.

Jon Ashe, Broomhill resident and Green Party spokesman, said: “We objected because it doesn’t comprise the kind of housing merited by this historic site.

“Submissions from English Heritage, BANG and local residents document in detail the modifications and improvements needed.

“We hope the committee will ask the applicants to rethink.”

One previous scheme to replace the old seven-storey block with housing was dismissed after a public inquiry. Another was approved two years ago but has not been built.

Objections to the new option also say 90 houses are ‘excessive’ and raise concerns about extra traffic.

A report to the planning committee on Tuesday says ‘officers consider the current proposal is of lesser quality, but not to the extent it would be unacceptable’.

It also said the university was working with Taylor Wimpey planners who have taken into account comments of the inquiry and say the latest plans will preserve the character and setting of the area.