Decision due over planned tower block overlooking former Sheffield Head Post Office

Sheffield city councillors are due to make their decision over plans for a new 16 and 10 storey towers next the former Head Post Office.

The proposed building site is within the Sheaf Valley Quarter, and is near the Hallam Univeristy campus and the O2 Academy venue.

The building plans consists of two towers, 16 storey and 10 storeys tall.

The blocks will house 241 tenants in 29 cluster flats and 13 studio flats.

Proposals had previously been made for 22 and 14 storey towers.

The former Head Post Office is a historic building which has fallen victim to vandals and anti-social behaviour so it is hoped that filling in the vacant land will help curb that.

A zinc cladding screen will be placed on the roof in order to hide unsightly machinery.

The Planning application reports: “The proposed plant screen will enclose the plant and equipment installed on the roof and southern elevation of the Listed Building to facilitate its new use.

“This infrastructure is extensive and currently considered to be harmful to the appearance and setting of the Listed Building, particularly dominating the long views of the building, especially from Norfolk Row.”

Sheffield Hallam University is not in any way affiliated to the plans for the 16/10 storey towers.

The council will come to a decision on the towers on Tuesday May 9, 2017.

Umanga Perera

Second Year Journalism Student

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