Sheffield housing project gets go-ahead

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Controversial plans to replace a former furniture showroom with houses have been approved despite objections from neighbouring residents.

Sheffield Council’s planning committee granted permission for the scheme at the former Barkers Furniture Centre, on Trickett Road, next to Hammerton Road Police Station, Hillsborough.

The scheme involves nine two-bedroom houses and three three-bedroom properties.

The furniture showroom has relocated to nearby Burton Street.

Some 32 people sent letters to Sheffield Council objecting to the plans because of the ‘historical importance’ of the current buildings, which date back to Victorian times and are a ‘rare feature of business premises alongside worker houses’.

Residents were concerned no parking spaces have been included on the site, leaving people moving into the new homes to park on already congested streets.

Opponents said if houses were to be built there ought to be fewer of them so parking spaces could be created on-site.

But council planning officers said the site was close to good public transport so there was ‘no need’ for parking spaces – and that the new homes would ‘sit comfortably within the street scene’.

The planning board also approved proposals to convert a shop on Ecclesall Road into a coffee shop and build an access ramp outside.

Seven letters of objection had been sent to Sheffield Council by individual residents, Broomhill Green Party and the Botanical Gate Community Association, who were concerned about the loss of further retail units on Ecclesall Road.

Planning officers said the change of use would have no adverse impact.