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Residential plan may be dream come true for football fans

Residential plan may be dream come true for football fans

Some Sheffield United fans may be about to fulfil a dream by actually living at the club's home stadium on Bramhall Lane.

The club has unveiled a series of plans for the redevelopment of the stadium and its immediate surrounds, which includes a new block on the corner of the stadium on Cherry Street and Shoreham Street, with the Kop and the Main Stand on either side of it.

Named Boundary Corner, it will feature a ground-floor club shop and three storeys above containing apartments.

The club has submitted a planning application for the scheme, with director Sam McCabe commenting: "The corner site we are developing could fulfil a dream for some of our supporters - a chance to live at the home of football!"

More fans will be able to watch games too if the plans go ahead, with the proposed Kop extension including 3,200 seats. This will require some roof work to add new supports and remove posts that would obstruct the view of the new seats, which will be added at the back of the stand. The extension will also create space for a new business enterprise centre.

Boundary Corner is not the only residential development planned, with plans for more apartments nearby at the corner of Bramhall Lane and Cherry Street, plus a mixed residential and commercial space at Chaucer's Yard, a former cutlery-making facility that is partly Grade ll-listed. Planning permission is already in place for 52 apartments on the junction of John Street and Shoreham Street.

The Boundary Corner name pays homage to the past history of the ground, when it was shared between the football club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. It was a three-sided venue used for first-class games until the 1970s, a situation replicated at Northampton Town's County Ground. Unlike Northampton, however, Bramhall Lane was also an international venue as it staged a Test match in 1902.

If the Boundary Corner plan goes ahead, there may be no more appropriate candidate to perform the official opening than the new England cricket captain and Sheffield United fan Joe Root.

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