New designs for housing on old art college site

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PLANS to redevelop the site of the former Psalter Lane campus at Nether Edge with housing have been submitted to the council.

A total of 62 detached houses, townhouses and apartments are envisaged, with 14 of the apartments in the old Bluecoat School, the only building that survived demolition.

The application is the result of a partnership between Bellway Homes and Sheffield Hallam University, which has been looking for a number of years to redevelop the site of the old art college for housing to help finance construction elsewhere.

Already public consultation has been held over Bellway’s initial proposals, and now the community will have the chance to comment on the detailed scheme submitted to the council, which will examine issues such as the impact on traffic and the conservation area.

The campus, in part of a quarry, closed in 2008 when the arts department relocated to the city centre. The land was cleared two years later with the exception of the old Bluecoat School, which dates from 1911 and derived its name from the distinctive uniform worn by pupils.

The building was used by the Army during the Second World War before becoming the home of Sheffield College of Arts and Crafts, which was incorporated into Sheffield Polytechnic, then Hallam University.

Lined up are 24 two-bed apartments, 12 three-bed townhouses, nine four-bed townhouses, four four-bed detached houses and 13 five-bed detached houses. The development would be two and three storeys, all the houses would have private gardens and single or double garages and the apartments would have designated parking.

Access for vehicles is proposed from Brincliffe Gardens. The existing access from Brincliffe Gardens at the junction with Psalter Lane would be kept for pedestrians.

Instead of meeting obligations to provide ‘affordable’ housing on the estate, it is being suggested that £1m is paid for ‘affordable’ housing elsewhere in the city.

A Hallam spokesperson said: “In May we held an open event for residents with Bellway Homes to discuss proposed plans for the former Psalter Lane campus. The plans have now been amended and developed further in response to feedback, and we have submitted the amended plans for the site to the planning department for consideration.

“The development retains the original Bluecoat School building in the design and complements the surrounding area with the creation of new gardens and shared green spaces.”

Hallam University is consolidating its facilities in the city centre and around Collegiate Crescent. Last month it unveiled a £25m project to redevelop part of its Collegiate Crescent campus for the faculties of Development and Society and Health and Wellbeing.