The proposal is two storeys taller than a previously approved plan. Credit: planning documents

Plans in for central Sheffield student scheme

A developer advised by Zerum and Four Architects wants to deliver a nine-storey, 71-bedspace building at the junction of Trippet Lane and Bailey Lane in the heart of the city centre.

The site in question sits next to the Grapes pub. A consent was granted in 2018 for the demolition of a previous building and its replacement by a 63-bed student accommodation development.

Although that has now expired, Zerum suggests the permission should be factored in as a material consideration, in plans now lodged with Sheffield City Council.

The development vehicle, Essex-registered Trippet Court Ltd, wants to deliver a project also featuring two ground floor commercial units and facilities in the basement including bin store, plant room and cycle parking.

According to Zerum’s planning statement, the student flats will be of varying size, with two communal spaces at first and second floor level. Since the start of the process, the total number of bedrooms has come down from 84.

The professional team also includes Hann Tucker Associates, Watt Energy & Consulting Engineers, MB Heritage, BrennanConsult and transport advisor Mosodi.

Four Architects said in its design & access statement that “this will provide a spectacular signature building which will define the corner of Trippet and Bailey Lane.

“Subsequently it will also offer a visual cue at the start of the conservation area whilst providing a catalyst to much welcomed development across and down Bailey Lane.”

The architect added that since the seven-storey proposal was approved, the context has changed, with much more vertical development in the area – Loxley Heights, the tallest part of a 600-bedspace development since brought forward on a nearby site tops out at 17 storeys, albeit from a lower elevation.

There has also been an 11-storey development on the south side of the site.

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