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New Sheffield student housing development on track for approval

A proposal to build hundreds of student apartments and studios in Sheffield is expected to get the green light following a number of alterations in the design.

A postponed proposal to construct hundreds of student flats in Sheffield is expected to be approved following numerous changes to the design.

Following several amendments to the original design, which included replacing ‘cluster flats’ with one-bedroom apartments and studios, planning officers said the changes were “successful” and recommended the application be approved.

Last year, committee members held back on granting permission for more than 450 student flats on the site of the Globe II Business Centre, off Maltravers Road in Wybourn, Sheffield.

However, the proposal is now likely to be approved after the maximum height of the development was reduced and the number of student beds cut by a quarter to 341.

The development will offer student accommodation, retirement apartments and a care home on one single site to offer a “more varied mix” of housing.

The report noted that the creation of more studios and apartments in place of cluster flats provides a “greater level of flexibility in terms of occupancy”.

It added: “The overall reduction in scale and height is welcomed and it is considered that this is sufficient to overcome previous concerns about the size and mass of the proposal.”

Described in the report as a “high quality regeneration scheme”, the development has the potential to encourage further property investment in the area.

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