More student flats planned near city centre

Plans for big housing development on the doorstep of the University of Sheffield are in line for council approval next week.

They include accommodation for 287 students as part of a complex due to be built between between Broad Lane and Garden Street on the edge of the city centre.

One hundred apartments are also envisaged, alongside offices and shops.

Already student accommodation specialists Watkin Jones have a block opposite the Broad Lane site, but they estimate that Sheffield needs more purpose-built student homes.

City planners will advise councillors to give the go-ahead on Tuesday.

They say: “The site has been vacant for a number of years and its redevelopment will provide wider benefits to the area.”

They are also welcoming the prospect of a 189th century former school off Garden Street being refurbished for offices.

One of the proposed conditions of a planning agreement is that the developers pay £30,000 towards the refurbishment of the Montgomery Fountain on the Setts car park, the cobbled car park opposite Rockingham Street, which would not be affected.

Plans for the site have changed over the years. Last year the council approved a scheme for an International Language School, but the contract went elsewhere.