84 homes earmarked for former city college site

Pictured is the Site of former Granville College , which now will be take to build housing
Pictured is the Site of former Granville College , which now will be take to build housing

PLANS have been submitted for a housing estate on the former northside site of Castle College off Granville Road.

Part of the campus was demolished when Sheffield City College was consolidated on the other side of the road, and it was always earmarked for a housing development.

Now, after one project fell through, details of a scheme for 84 two, three and four bedroom houses, have been lodged with the council.

It follows a developer competition run by the Government’s Homes and Community Agency, which promotes regeneration, and which resulted in Kier Partnership Homes being chosen. Thirty per cent of the properties would be “affordable housing” - below the market value.

The council is being told it would be a “distinctive” hillside development and that the construction would create an estimated 174 jobs, and that Kier is committed to offering training opportunities.

Consultants Arup say: “The redevelopment of the former Castle College site being a currently vacant brownfield site back into use as a high quality residential scheme, providing local construction jobs and new residents with spending power in the local economy.”

They add: “It is projected that the majority of the new units will be owner occupied and that the majority of residents will be of working age. The proposed development would therefore give a significant boost to convenience spend in the area, on essential items such as groceries.”

Implications of the proposed development will be studied by council officers, including the impact of surrounding roads.

Already two neighbours have contacted the authority. One says: “The traffic on these roads in rush hour is already very heavy and can cause long delays”.

The other is looking for an assurance that there will be enough parking spaces for residents. “Parking on Granville Road itself is already impossible between 8.30am and 5.30pm due to staff and students from Sheffield College, train users and people who park there and then walk to work in the city centre.”

One of the proposed spin-offs is a public footpath from Granville Road to Shrewsbury Road and the railway station.

An earlier application for 177 townhouses and apartment was withdrawn when the land came into the ownership of the Homes and Communities Agency.

Jason Pepper, the college’s executive director of finance and resources, said: “The college sold the land to the Homes and Communities Agency in 2008 for £5m and then had two years to vacate the site. The money was reinvested in our new landmark £60m Sheffield City College campus, which officially opened in September 2010 on the opposite side of Granville Road. The college has no involvement in the current planning application, but given our strong connection to that site because of our history there we are keen that it is developed sympathetically to the area.”