Planning permission has been secured for a new event space at Taylor Forgings buildings in central Sheffield. The proposal sought permission to change the use of existing offices and industrial warehousing (Use Class E/B2/B8) for use as an events space with ancillary office space buildings (Use Class E/F.2).
Pre-application discussions with the Local Planning Authority were essential. Given the proposed use, location and anticipated volume of people using the new space, the application was subject to various challenges pertaining to noise, highways and the appropriateness of a town centre use in this area, particularly in the context of the changes in the Use Class Order recently introduced.
A sequential assessment was required which concluded no more suitably located site was available. The application was also accompanied by a transport statement undertaken by our SDD team which underlined the highly sustainable nature of the site in respect to alternative modes of transport other than the car. The distinctive industrial character inherent on site was instantly recognised and central to the planning strategy.
We are delighted that the significant benefits of the development in adding to the arts and cultural spaces available in the city and securing an active use for currently vacant buildings can now be realised. The high-quality multiuse venue is a signpost for regeneration in the area and the design approach will preserve and repair the industrial heritage of the site and wider locality.