Yorkshire’s tallest building looks set for green light in Sheffield
Plans for a £100m development have been recommended for approval in a report which states the development will create ‘a number of significant benefits’
Sheffield has moved one step closer to becoming the home of Yorkshire's tallest building as plans for a new 38-storey tower at the junction of Wellington Street, Rockingham Street and Trafalgar Street are recommended for approval when they go before Sheffield City Council later this month.
Plans for the construction of a 117 metre-tall building in Sheffield city-centre were submitted by CODE Co-Living, supported by Howes Percival and Staniforth Architects, in October 2019 and if approved would make it taller than a 114-metre student scheme currently under construction in Leeds, which is set to become the tallest in the region. It would also be 16 metres taller than Sheffield's current title holder.
The application will be considered by the council's planning and highways committee on 28 January and is recommended for approval, subject to conditions, in an officer's report prepared for the meeting.
The report said: "A number of significant benefits will arise from the proposed development including the efficient redevelopment of a sustainably located brownfield site within the city centre. The proposal represents a very dense form of development which would provide a significant contribution towards the city's housing land supply targets as well as providing 10 per cent of residential floor space for affordable rent.
"An assessment of key views shows that the development will not be harmful to any key views or vistas and will in fact act as a key marker in the city centre."
The proposed development would be located on a prominent site to the side of the Vita building, just off Charter Row and close to The Light Cinema complex and would include a gym, cinema, common room and a ground floor retail unit. The site was previously occupied by South Yorkshire Housing and a Dexel car repair yard.
Plans for two towers of up to 33 storeys were originally proposed for the site. However, concerns were raised over the impact on the city's skyline and the design of the scheme.