Green light for plans to redevelop Sheffield University’s Tapton hall of residence

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Plans to develop a former Sheffield University students’ residence have been approved this afternoon – despite anger at a lack of affordable housing.

Sheffield University’s proposal for 63 houses and 34 apartments on the site of the former Tapton hall of residence, had drawn criticism from community groups and neighbours.

Concerns were raised over the lack of cheaper housing, its choice of red-brick walls and the extra traffic the Crookes scheme will generate.

However, despite the opposition, it was granted planning permission by members of Sheffield Council’s planning and highways committee when they met yesterday, on condition planned red-brick walls were changed to stone.

Lee Kenny, of Broomhill Action Neighbourhood Group, told the meeting: “This is the best development site in the city centre west area. If this one can’t make a decent contribution to affordable housing or community infrastructure, what message does it send to other developers?”

However, Coun Peter Price said he could see the university winning an appeal if committee members rejected the scheme.