MP backing residents’ fight against pub plan

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith
Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith
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Plans to convert a disused pub into a house have led to 18 objections – with protesters supported by their MP.

Anne-Marie Watkinson is applying for permission to convert the former Crossfield Tavern, at Mortomley Lane, High Green, into a dwelling.

Sheffield Council’s planning board will consider the proposal at a meeting on Tuesday. It has been recommended by planning officers to grant permission.

Residents are unhappy about the loss of a community facility and say the applicant ‘has not informed neighbouring properties’ of her application. The objectors are supported by Penistone and Stocksbridge Labour MP Angela Smith.

The plans show no change to the existing buildings or car park - and residents fear the parking area is ‘excessive’ for domestic use.

They are worried that if change of use is approved, a larger scheme such as flats could then happen.

But planning officers say the change of use is acceptable in accordance with the council’s planning policies.