Sheffield could lose massive £35 million investment to Leeds or Manchester

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Sheffield developers could take their investment to other cities as £35m plans look set to be rejected by the city council.

Hallminster Ltd wants to build four blocks – one 12 storeys high – of shops, 130 residential apartments and student accommodation on a former car showroom between Summerfield Street and Pear Street, off Ecclesall Road.

The firm said its scheme would bring ‘that part of the road alive’, be visually striking and better link Ecclesall Road with the city centre.

But tomorrow’s Sheffield Council planning and highways committee has been recommended to refuse the plans.

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Buildings nearby are typically between four and seven storeys high and planners say in a report that the 12-storey block would be ‘unreasonably overbearing’ on apartments opposite on Pomona Street.

“Despite the quality of the individual elements of the development, the relationship to the surrounding context is considered unacceptable,” officers said.

“The 12-storey block is completely out of scale with its immediate surroundings and is considered inappropriate in this location.”

Now bosses, who only found out the recommendation three days before the committee, says it has been given too little time to respond to concerns and is seeking urgent talks with the council and could potentially ask for the decision to be deferred.

Hallminster also says planning permission was previously given for a ‘similar height’ block on a neighbouring site and it is ‘disappointed’ the decision is based on a single element of the scheme.

Dan Simpson, of Hallminster, said: “Should it not be possible to move forward, we will look to prioritise projects in Leeds and Manchester, which are more open to investment.

“We don’t want to do this. Being Sheffield based, we are keen to invest here, but we may be left with no option.”

The development would create 300 jobs during building and 100 permanent ones.

Planners also said the scheme could harm the prospect of developing the surrounding land.

There were 17 objections.

One resident said: “Ecclesall Road does not need high rise developments, keep them in the city centre.”

Mr Simpson said views in consultation had been ‘overwhelmingly positive.’