On behalf of Platform_, DLP Planning have secured permission for Sheffield’s first build-to-rent (BTR) development of 335 apartments within the Cultural Industries Quarter area of the city centre.
The development includes three blocks of between five and 14 storeys in height, providing studio, one, two and three-bed apartments as well as co-working employment space and a flexible use commercial unit. Communal facilities including a gym, common room, cinema room, dining facilities, amenity space, roof garden and bike maintenance store area will also be provided. The proposals also include the creation of a formal riverside walkway alongside the Porter Brook.
This long-term vacant brownfield site presented a number of challenges relating to its Conservation Area status, site contamination and flood risk. Working alongside Tate Hindle Architects over an 18 month period, DLP promoted a sensitive design approach, which also sought to respond to comments from Historic England, in order to secure officer support for the proposals.
As a result of the substantial costs associated with the development and the limited evidence of comparable market values, it was also necessary to undertake negotiations with the LPA in respect of the viability of providing affordable housing.
As a result of negotiations, officers considered that the proposals provided substantial public benefits that could be considered to outweigh the less than substantial harm caused by the scale of development. The proposals were subsequently unanimously approved by Planning Committee members.