One of the key gateways to Sheffield city centre is set to be transformed by a complex of 372 apartments rising to 27 storeys.

Plans for a landmark development on land currently used as a car park, off the Hanover Way inner ring road and Milton Street, near Moorfoot, are backed by Sheffield-based City Estates.

Commercial units, a shop and landscaped courtyards are incorporated into the scheme for three residential blocks that would have a “regenerative impact” on the area, bordering the Devonshire Quarter.

Residents will live in an “integrated community” with use of a roof garden, café, cinema, gym, function room and basement car park.

An application for planning permission has been submitted to Sheffield City Council on behalf of Devonshire Green (Broomgrove Road) Ltd, part of Sheffield-based City Estates, whose West One mix of flats, leisure and offices was a major element in the regeneration of the Devonshire Quarter.

Its latest project seeks to substantially increase the city centre housing stock by offering a range of one, two and three bed apartments, including five ‘live-work’ units.

The three blocks – seven storeys, ten storeys, and a split between 18 and 27 storeys – are designed to create a new landmark at one of the main entrances to the city centre while respecting the character of nearby listed buildings including Beehive Works and Eye Witness Works.

City Estates is working with DLP Planning Ltd and architects Leach Rhodes Walker.

DLP’s planning statement says the landmark development will have “a regenerative impact bringing vibrancy and activity to this area of the Devonshire Quarter”.

It will also “help to support the retention and longevity of the local heritage assets by bringing new business interests into the area, making these buildings more appealing and economically viable for reuse and conversion, therefore supporting their preservation”.

In addition, the new apartments will help to relieve the pressure on greenfield and green belt sites and help boost the local economy through an increase in spending.

The location – behind the Moore Street electricity sub-station – is convenient for the city centre, the city’s two universities, Ecclesall Road, the inner ring road and the bus network.

The basement car park would have 146 spaces along with 210 cycle parking spaces.

DLP Planning adds: “The scale of the development will be in character with the taller buildings towards St Mary’s Gate, and will assist with promoting local distinctiveness and a gateway site.”

City Estates Director Dale Fixter said: “We are proud of our track record of delivering award winning developments of the highest quality. Our recent developments have been focussed mainly on the Cultural Industries Quarter but this is a return to familiar territory.

“Having speculatively developed West One some 15 years and seen it mature, flourish and remain very successful despite many others following in its wake, it is great to see our plans for Milton Street finally come to life.

“We are committed to delivering projects that not only provide regeneration to the City Centre, offering a mix and style of both use and architecture that is not only relevant at the time of delivery but also stands the test of time.

“Location, quality and careful design focussed around the end user are the key ingredients. We think all three are present in abundance in our proposals for Milton Street and we look forward to bringing the scheme to fruition, added Dale.

City Estates continues to make its mark on the city centre. Its £10m first phase extension to the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ) on the other side of Moorfoot is adding apartments and studios, offices for the high tech and creative sectors and places to eat and drink around Sidney Street. Alsop Fields comprises new buildings and refurbished old factories.

CIQ projects also include the Sellers Wheel residential and commercial conversion of a former factory in Arundel Street and the nearby Gatecrasher student accommodation.