More family houses on way to Kelham Island

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Another major housing development is on the way at Kelham Island on the edge of Sheffield city centre.

Plans for 51 houses on the site of the former Richardsons cutlery factory are in line for council permission next week.

Once dominated by industry, Kelham Island has seen a surge in construction of apartments over the past 20 years, and now the focus is switching to family accommodation.

Already work is starting on 107 houses on the site of the former MIBA Tyzack Green Lane Works in a £13m ‘eco-friendly’ development by Leeds-based Citu, which points to a demand for family homes from young couples currently in private apartments .

The latest application comes from Meadale Ltd, based in Stockton-on-Tees, which is planning a mixture of 51 two, three and four bedroom houses, with yards, gardens and roof terraces, in Alma Street, opposite the Fat Cat pub.

A council report says that following extensive discussions, the result is “an acceptable and suitably contemporary development scheme which will replace the existing unattractive parcel of land that is an eyesore and will make a positive contribution to the Kelham Island community”.

Councillors are being advised by their officers to approve the application, will also include 48 parking spaces and commercial units, on Tuesday.

However, local conservationists believe the design is not good enough for the Kelham Island conservation area. They describe the scheme as “a deplorable example of block planning” and “a suburban development being shoehorned into an urban site”.

One of the industrial neighbours, Atkinson Walker, which manufacture saws and tools, is asking that conditions being imposed so that residents do not suffer from the factory noise - and the council says insulation should prevent any problems.

Other nearby companies are seeking reassurances over access to their properties - and the council is asking for a management strategy to deal with the issues.

Other suggested conditions include a payment of £94,000 towards improving recreation space in the area and £153,000 towards school places.