Residents fight plans to 
demolish university flats

Proposed demolition site: Tapton, Sheffield.
Proposed demolition site: Tapton, Sheffield.

RESIDENTS are fighting plans by Sheffield University to demolish disused buildings behind its old Tapton Hall of Residence.

The university has applied for permission to knock down old flats, a former rifle range and a building next to the experimental gardens on Taptonville Road.

Planning permission has already been granted to replace the hall of residence with housing. However, a developer has not yet been signed up for the scheme.

The university is applying to demolish the buildings because it says they have suffered vandalism and theft.

But among those objecting to the scheme is Broomhill Green Party member Bernard Little.

He said: “This demolition work could damage the valuable and historic green space on the site.

“A better short-term solution might be for the university to agree with the local community how the site might be used temporarily for food-growing, research and recreation.”

In total, 10 objections have been made by neighbours who are unhappy about noise, the land being left derelict and are also concerned about the scale of future redevelopment.

DLP planning, consultants for the university, said: “For security, health and safety reasons it is the preference of Sheffield University to remove these buildings now.

“The demolition proposed is limited and would not result in the impression of a derelict site in advance of redevelopment.”

A university spokeswoman said: “There is no proposed date for demolition of the larger site. The buildings in the application for early removal would be likely to be demolished by the end of the year.”