Big student flats scheme rejected

DEVELOPERS were thwarted this week in their ambitions to build accommodation for 445 students in Sheffield city centre.

Councillors ruled they were trying to cram too much on to land off Sidney Street, Arundel Street and Sylvester Street – and too much student housing into an area where many students already lived.

The application was to build on either side of Sidney Street after demolishing the former Niche nightclub and some industrial buildings in the Cultural Industries Quarter. One of the buildings would be up to seven storeys.

Other parts of the scheme included 41 private apartments, offices, shops, a bar, microbrewery and a small winter garden

A council report welcomed some of the elements, including the proposed conversion of some buildings, but warned of overdevelopment through the sheer scale of the new buildings in a conservation area.