Sheffield’s Kelham Island homes plan in line for approval

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Major plans to build almost 100 homes on the site of an old factory in Kelham Island are in line for approval next week.

The old Richardson’s cutlery site - opposite the Fat Cat Pub and the entrance to the Kelham Island Industrial Museum - is to be redeveloped with 98 properties ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bed townhouses, along with office space.

A report to a meeting of Sheffield Council’s planning committee on Tuesday recommends the development for approval and says it will make a ‘positive contribution to the Kelham Island community’.

But businesses close to the site have lodged objections, saying the new homes will affect their trade.

There are also concerns that new residents would complain about noise coming from existing workshops .

One of the opponents, the Kelham Island Tavern, said in its objection: “The mixed development of both flats and townhouses will lead to an increase in a transient community. This will lead to the area becoming an urban ghetto with little community participation.”

The pub’s bosses said the development would also have an impact on its beer garden during the late evening, because of its height and position.

However, in the report planning officers say: “The mix of the development is considered to be acceptable, offering a variety of housing options. Given the character of the development, it is considered that the scheme will not encourage a transient population.”

The tavern’s beer garden ‘cannot be afforded the same level of protection as a residential garden’, they add.

The developer, Leeds-based Citu, which is also behind the £13 million Little Kelham project being constructed around the former Green Lane and Eagle Works, says many of the new properties will be fit for families.

Under the plans, a public space will be created in front of the Fat Cat, while most of the development’s 65 parking spaces will be hidden in an ‘undercroft parking zone’.

Kelham Street would be reintroduced to link Alma Street and Russell Street. However, there are ‘no firm proposals’ at this stage to create a one-way route on Russell Street, but Citu may explore this in future.

The report says: “This represents a contemporary, mixed use, low carbon scheme which is an acceptable and ambitious development that will replace the existing unattractive parcel of land that is an existing eyesore.”