Residents plead for consultation

p14 lead'Dore residents protesting about proposed  building plans at 135 Dore Road
p14 lead'Dore residents protesting about proposed building plans at 135 Dore Road
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CALLS have been made for a developer to consult with local residents over concerns about proposed new apartments in a Sheffield suburb.

More than 500 objections have been made to Metropolitan Homes’ plans to create 14 apartments on the site of 135 Dore Road, Dore. The proposal is set be considered for approval at a Sheffield Council planning board meeting in the new year.

An application has also been made to renew an alternative planning permission for the site, granted in 2008, to build eight houses - which has also resulted in a flurry of objections.

Latest objections to be made against the apartments include one from Richard Cowley, a resident at another of Metropolitan Homes’ developments - Braemore apartments on Ecclesall Road.

Mr Cowley, whose comments have been published on Sheffield Council’s website, said he was not satisfied with the quality of his home and said he believed there could be insufficient parking at Dore.

Former Dore and Totley councillor Anne Smith, who lives just a few doors from the proposed development, said: “I have urged the planning department to recommend rejection of the 14 apartments and to encourage the developer to enter into consultations with local residents to produce an acceptable proposal.”

She added that there have been ‘significant changes’ to the area since the 2008 plans had been granted.

Dore and Totley Lib Dem councillor, Colin Ross, added: “I’m very concerned about the potential impact on the local area. The plans could be damaging for the local environment, would add congestion to the road, and will not fit with the area.”

Agents for Metropolitan Homes were unavailable for comment.