A proposed major development next to Hyde Park Flats has been reshaped to scale back the number of student homes - and to add accommodation for older people.
Retirement apartments and a care home are now part of the suggested mix for the site of the Globe II Business Centre off Maltravers Road.
Initially, a £25m project envisaged accommodation for 641 students in a complex rising to 12 storeys alongside Hyde Park. Now the number has been reduced to 452.
Significant changes have been made in response to pressure for a more mixed community.
City planners are assessing the revised application on behalf of Forward Realty Ltd, which is based in Singapore, before preparing a report for a council decision.
The scheme is designed to meet a perceived continuing need for more student beds in purpose-built accommodation in Sheffield, which, it is argued, will take the pressure off terraced housing so it can be released again for family homes.
Although the Maltravers project would take Sheffield’s big student population into a relatively new area, the location has the advantage of being on the doorstep of Supertram, unlike traditional student areas such as London Road, Ecclesall Road, Broomhill, Ranmoor, Crookes and Walkley.
Yet Sheffield Hallam University has questioned the need for more big developments of student flats in the city, saying there were “many” empty beds this year.
It has also suggested that Maltravers Road “is not an area where students would choose to live”.
The proposed development comprises two towers of 12 and eight storeys next to Hyde Park and would have its own shop, cafe, gym and laundry.
But the big change is the suggested accommodation for residents at the other end of the age spectrum.
Permission is being sought for a five storey complex of 30 one and two bedroom retirement apartments in the middle of the site where residents would have a level of care to meet their specific needs, whether it be, for example, preparing meals or washing clothes,
Then, next to family houses on Wybourn, would be a care home with 60 beds, in a development of two and three storeys.
Gardens would be created between the student accommodation and elderly people’s homes for use by the older residents. Wildflower planting is due to be part of the landscaping to create all year round colour.
The whole scheme has been designed by Sheffield-based Axis Architecture.
The location is within walking distance of Park Square roundabout and is not far from Hallam University.