DLP (Planning) Ltd (DLP) have secured full planning permission and listed building consent for the erection of CCTV cameras to The University of Sheffield properties of the Grade II listed Drama Studio on Shearwood Road and the Grade II* listed Arts Tower on Western Bank.
Having been instructed by the University, DLP undertook pre-application discussions with Sheffield City Council, provided a detailed assessment of the planning balance of both proposals, and co-ordinated both applications to a successful conclusion.
There was an imminent need for the erection of external cameras following an increase in incidents of crime, theft, anti-social behaviour and homeless people sleeping around the base of the Arts Tower. The building operates 24/7 and is accessed by students and staff with a permit all year around; the adjacent Western Bank library has opening times until midnight. It has therefore become necessary to erect CCTV cameras to increase security around the campus. The accepted proposals will erect 2 external CCTV cameras on the south western and north eastern corners of the Arts Tower, allowing increased security of this thoroughfare as well as the monitoring of incidents when they occur.
The Drama Studio is located in the heart of the University of Sheffield Central Campus, with buildings such as the Octagon, Students Union and Firth Hall all within 250 meters of the site. The building is used for performances, conferences, rehearsals, teaching and exhibitions.
The site is within an area of mixed use, as well as part of the Northumberland Road Conservation Area. With the Drama Studio’s location on the heavily trafficked Glossop Road, it was necessary to provide surveillance. Similarly to the Arts Tower, increased security around the building was needed, due to the spate of increased incidents in theft and anti-social behaviour. Furthermore, the installation of the external CCTV camera on the southern corner feature of the Drama Studio will help to monitor public safety as well as discourage criminal behaviour.