Anger as Sheffield club plans approved

Sheffield's former Polish Ex-servicemen's Social Club is being put up for sale by Knight Frank.
Sheffield's former Polish Ex-servicemen's Social Club is being put up for sale by Knight Frank.
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Fed-up residents say Sheffield’s Ecclesall Road is becoming overrun with bars and restaurants after plans for a new members’ club were given the go-ahead.

The city council’s planning committee has granted permission for an extension to the former Polish Ex-Servicemen’s club, located just off the busy street, despite a wave of protest.

Residents fear the proposals, which included the removal of 20 car parking spaces to make room for a large kitchen unit will cause traffic chaos.

They also claim that despite operating under the ‘private members’ tag the venue will operate the same as a bar or restaurant – leading to noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Marion Gerson, aged 68, who has lived in Dover Road for 13 years, said: “I was very disappointed with the committee’s decision.

“It was granted on the basis it would be a ‘members’ club’ but what we suspect will happen is that it will charge a small fee.

“The main issues are late- night noise and yet more pressure on parking.

“Car parking facilities that existed when the building was a Polish Ex-Servicemen’s club will be removed for outside eating and drinking and for a large dining extension.

“This would leave the club with no parking spaces at all for its staff or for customers.

She added: “In the evenings the local residents permit scheme doesn’t apply, so people coming home from visiting friends or working late can find they have to hunt for somewhere to park.”

The decision comes in the same week the council’s licensing committee voted to allow cupcake canteen and bakery Fancie to sell alcohol. A licensed coffee shop called Couch will open opposite.

Sarah Lynch, of Bristol Road, said: “I have lived here for 18 years. 
“From being a shopping road, Ecclesall Road has become a venue for little other than restaurants and bars and it has a significant impact.”