A daily newspaper office is set to be converted to nearly 300 flats after its staff move out next month if latest plans get the go-ahead.
Sheffield daily The Star is moving from its York Street home to new city centre premises in the New Year.
Now proposals have been submitted to Sheffield City Council to convert the existing building, which currently houses 400 staff, into studio apartments.
Earlier this year, the Star’s publisher Johnston Press sold the York Street building to property company Toscafield for £3.6m after deciding it was “not up to scratch” as a newspaper office.
Journalists and other staff at the paper are due to move to modern offices at The Balance in Pinfold Street.
Developer Mabec Property has written to the city council to seek prior approval for converting the office to residential use.
It said in the letter: “The site is located in a highly sustainable position at the heart of the city centre. A comprehensive range of employment, retail, leisure and other facilities are available within a very short walking distance.”
The building has housed the Star’s journalists for decades and the newspaper was also printed there until 2006.
It is one of a number of major disposals of office premises by JP over recent years which also includes the former offices of the Peterborough Telegraph, Northampton Chronicle and Echo and Yorkshire Post.