Council planners are welcoming the prospect of “a major regeneration boost” at one of the key gateways to Sheffield city centre in the shape of a proposed complex of 372 apartments rising to 26 storeys.

They are recommending that planning permission is granted in August for the landmark development – backed by Sheffield-based City Estates – off Milton Street, next to the Hanover Way inner ring road.

Land currently used as a car park is due to be redeveloped with three blocks of one, two and three bedroom apartments alongside commercial and retail units, landscaped courtyards and a basement car park.

Councillors, who will make the final decision, are being advised by their officers that “the redevelopment of this vacant (with temporary car park use) parcel of land in this prominent location is welcomed as a major regeneration boost to this part of the city centre.

“The scheme proposes a high-quality design that features a tall building in this gateway location, whilst respecting the overall character of the surrounding area.”

The planners’ report adds: “The proposal will deliver a high-density development, on a brownfield site in a sustainable location which will bring positive regeneration benefits, including the provision of 372 residential units at a time when the city does not have a five year supply.”

The Milton Street application was submitted to Sheffield City Council on behalf of Devonshire Green (Broomgrove Road) Ltd, part of City Estates, working with DLP Planning Ltd and architects Leach Rhodes Walker.

One residential block has been designed to rise to six storeys, a second to nine storeys and a third, near Moore Street roundabout, to comprise 24 storeys on top of a double height commercial/retail unit.

Some 230 of the 372 apartments would have two beds, which planners say would meet a need in this part of the city centre where there has been a predominance of one-bed and studio apartments. There would be a greater choice for residents.

The site is near City Estates’ flagship West One residential and leisure complex which was a major element in the regeneration of the Devonshire Quarter.

Meanwhile, the company is heavily involved in the transformation of land and buildings at the other side of Moorfoot.

Its Alsop Fields development around Sidney Street has created apartments and studios, offices for the high tech and creative sectors and places to eat and drink.