Residents turn up heat in fight against homes

Tapton Hall of Residence, Crookes, Sheffield.
Tapton Hall of Residence, Crookes, Sheffield.
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Nearly 60 residents have now made representations to Sheffield Council over plans to build homes on the site of a former university halls of residence - with most objecting to the scheme.

Sheffield University and developers Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire want to demolish the empty Tapton Halls, off Crookes Road and Taptonville Road, to make way for 94 properties.

One of the latest objectors is Tony Goff, chair of the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society, who said the development ‘appears to be an exercise of how many houses and apartments can be fitted on the site.’

“Broomhill is recognised as an area of Sheffield that is lacking in open space for use by the public,” said Mr Goff.

“Architecturally the site must blend in with the existing housing and layout in the area.

“We feel the planning of this development should have a more sensitive approach with tradition in mind.”

Three university lecturers have also spoken out against plans to develop on the site’s historic ‘secret garden’ - a Victorian botanic garden which contains more than 2,000 species of plants and was once used as an experimental centre for researchers in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences.

Council approval was granted two years ago for another developer to build houses and flats, but demolition and construction failed to materialise.