Unbuilt homes at former Crookes halls already sold

The former halls of residence at Tapton now being demolished to make way for a new housing development

The former halls of residence at Tapton now being demolished to make way for a new housing development

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Dozens of new homes to be built at a former university halls of residence in Sheffield have sold - before they are even constructed.

Tapton Hall, off Crookes Road and Taptonville Road, housed many students when it was used as accommodation by the University of Sheffield and contained a Victorian botanic garden with more than 2,000 species of plant.

Some objected to the scheme as they claimed it did not blend in with the area, and that the garden should be preserved, but plans were agreed by Sheffield Council.

Developers Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire are currently demolishing the building to build 97 new homes.

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A spokesman said there had been two releases of plots so far and all but one home in them, a three-bedroom semi detached property priced at £299,995, had been sold.

She added: “There will be a final release soon, which will consist of five or six properties.”

The scheme opened to the public with a showroom on January 8.

At the time Anne Bagshaw, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, said 1,000 people had already registered an interest.

She added: “With just 97 available – we don’t imagine they will be on the market for long so interested purchasers should certainly visit this weekend for an exclusive first glimpse.”

Show homes at the Taptonville Road site will launch in June. Council approval was granted three years ago for another developer to build but it did not happen.