College plans for Don Valley Stadium site submitted to council

Work on the former site of Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, last year
Work on the former site of Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, last year

Plans for a University Technical College on the former Don Valley Stadium have been submitted to planners.

The college will be the second of its kind in the city and is set to open in 2016 on the site of the former stadium in Attercliffe, which was controversially closed by Sheffield Council in 2013.

Plans for the building, which will be up to four storeys high, have been submitted to Sheffield Council’s planning department.

The Government previously approved the idea of the £10 million technical college, which will have places for up to 600 students aged from 14 to 19 and specialise in human sciences as well as digital technologies.

It is part of the £55m Olympic Legacy Park project which will also include a new advanced wellbeing research centre and sports facilities.

A planning statement submitted to the council says 330 people took part in a consultation on the new college.

It says the college will provide ‘high quality’ education and meet demand for places.

It added: “When balanced against the significant benefits afforded by the development – including the provision of 600 new secondary school places, appropriate site access and parking,enhanced public transport access and on site recreation and sports provision – the impact of the proposed development can be considered acceptable in accordance with local and national planning policy.”

A transport assessment also said only 12 per cent of students attending the UTC would be dropped off by car.

The Don Valley site is in the process of being remediated currently. The new college is being backed by The Sheffield College and Sheffield Hallam University alongside employers including Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.