Controversial flats scheme approved for Hallam Tower hotel

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build homes on the site of a landmark former Sheffield hotel have been approved.

The distinctive white Hallam Tower hotel, on Manchester Road, Broomhill, will be converted into an apartment block, while a four-storey block will also be built on the land, along with eleven three-storey townhouses.

Members of Sheffield Council's city centre, south and east planning board voted five to one in favour of the new development. Initial plans were first proposed three years ago but have been amended since, with the scale of new buildings being reduced, layout changed and gardens improved. The initial proposals were for 163 properties.

Under the approved plans, the original tower will be radically altered, with an extra floor at the rear, but reduced in storeys at the front, giving it a stepped appearance.

It will be fitted with a metal framework, covered with cladding, and turned into 83 one and two bed apartments. Other areas of the site have also been re-modelled, with the town houses taking the form of a crescent.

However, the new plans met with opposition from local residents, about 10 of whom attended the meeting.

n A HUGE office development and Tesco store have been put on hold because of the recession. The supermarket chain applied to Sheffield Council to change its timetable for building a large new store on Savile Street "in light of the current economic climate".

Work on the Tesco Extra shop will now begin in mid-2010 and be completed by the end of 2012, with the overall development finished by the end of 2015.

- PLANNERS have approved changes to the redevelopment of Sheffield's Park Hill flats.

Developers Urban Splash will now create a new entrance with a reception deskand while keeping the lift and stairs within the existing structure.

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