Sheffield College homes plan submitted

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PLANS to replace the old Loxley College with housing have moved another step forward.

Details of a proposed development of 69 homes off Wood Lane, Stannington, have been submitted to the council in a joint application by the Sheffield College and Ben Bailey Homes.

Already the council has agreed the principle of housing on the land and now it is being asked to approve the suggested scale, layout and landscaping.

The Loxley campus closed seven years ago with the opening of Hillsborough College but the future of the site has always been sensitive because of the green belt location.

Some local residents wanted houses to be built on the footprint of the derelict buildings but councillors eventually decided that construction should go on the Wood Lane frontage to open up more of the green belt behind.

Jason Pepper, executive director of finance and resources at the college, said: “We are keen to see the demolition of the empty Loxley College building, which has been an 
eyesore and a target of vandalism, and full clearance of the site.

“The exchange of contract is another significant step in that direction. The college received outline planning permission for the site at the end of last year.”

If full planning consent and is granted, the sale will be completed, followed by demolition, said Mr Pepper.