Planning chiefs have accepted a revised redevelopment plan to convert the former St Michael’s college building and the old police depot site in Little Woodhouse into new houses. The scheme was initially rejected in May after councillors had serious concerns about the size of some of the proposed apartments, describing parts of the plan as unfit for 21st century living.
The updated blueprints comprise of three new buildings – a student block with 320 bedsits, 259 flats for “key workers,” and 61 open market apartments situated on land by Belle Vue Road and St. John’s Road.
The existing buildings currently standing on the two sites will be demolished, but an original section of the college building that has stood for over one-hundred years will be refurbished and incorporated into the new development.
The changes from the original design include an increase in the size of the “key workers” apartments, which planning chiefs considered “brutal” and prison-like. The developers have also increased their community contributions package from £150,000 to £170,000, which will help fund green space improvement in the Hyde Park areas.
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