Go-ahead for flats and offices scheme

DEVELOPERS can press ahead with a proposed complex of 57 flats and offices on the edge of Sheffield city centre after overcoming an obstacle over the level of affordable housing.

Councillors decided to accept that the developers of the site next to the St Mary’s Gate roundabout could only afford a contribution of £90,000 towards the amount of housing to be offered at below market value as opposed to £500,000 based on an independent assessment. The scheme is between St Mary’s Gate, Bramall Lane and Boston Street.

Planning committee chair Coun John Hesketh, said: “This is a prominent site which has lain empty for some time. When things are running well I think there can be a case made for demanding a contribution towards affordable housing but I think in these more difficult times we have to balance competing factors.”