Noise concerns over student flats scheme

THE University of Sheffield is warning that students in a proposed block of flats could be disturbed by noise and fumes from one of its departments.

Developers are seeking council permission for a seven-storey building with 108 bedrooms on a car park at the corner of Rockingham Street and Portobello Street.

But the university says the development could affect the current and future operation of the Sir Robert Hadfield Building.

“This building is used for research and teaching purposes and they say it creates fumes and noise which can be heard beyond the building,” says a council report.

One of the labs is used for the manufacture of metal and glass and incorporates a furnace and extraction equipment. “The university would not wish to be in conflict with the building’s owners and its own students who could occupy the building.”

Council officers believe there should be no major problems as long as the flats have appropriate noise insulation but are waiting for a further assessment by environmental protection experts. A decision is due on Monday.