For many students, it promises to be an ideal home - next to an award-winning real ale pub.
But Trevor Wraith, owner of the Kelham Island Tavern, has concerns over his potential neighbours.
He is looking for assurances that a proposed complex of 52 student flats on the site of the old Kutrite scissor manufacturers at the corner of Russell Street and Alma Street will have sufficient sound proofing to avoid complaints about noise from the garden of his pub, which was twice voted national Pub of the Year.
He is also telling the council about his worries that litter, or even beer bottles and water bombs, could be thrown from balconies, and of the current lack of car parking in the area, especially since the closure of the pay and display on Brookshaw Park.
Kelham Island Tavern, built around 1830, is licensed until 2am.
Mr Wraith says that while he supports most aspects of the proposed development next to the pub, he feels the points he is making “must be given serious consideration before the development moves into the next phase”.
City planners believe there are no major problems with the proposed building, up to five storeys, subject to conditions including sound proofing.
Parking problems are acknowledged. There are no parking spaces in the development, which is near bus and tram routes. No resident, unless disabled, will be allocated a parking permit for a controlled zone.
Councillors consider the plans, including a shop or cafe at ground level, on Tuesday.