Tesco’s third time unlucky in south west Sheffield

The proposed site of a new Tesco Express on Ecclesall Road South in Sheffeild.
The proposed site of a new Tesco Express on Ecclesall Road South in Sheffeild.
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Plans to build a convenience store on the site of a former garage on Ecclesall Road South have been refused for the third time.

Planning committee members rejected an application to knock down the old Parkhead garage, near the junction with Abbey Lane, and open a Tesco Express.

The refusal followed another strong protest, including a petition with 2,750 signatures and more than 100 individual objections.

Councillors threw out the plans on highways grounds, similar to previous reasons for refusal given in 2012, despite the new proposals allowing for lorries to pull off the road to make deliveries.

There were also concerns over the change of use involved in using a semi-detached house next to the former garage as space for offices and staff facilities.

Planning permission was approved to convert the property into apartments earlier this month.

Steve Carroll, who runs the Red Convenience store on Ecclesall Road South, said he hoped Tesco would now abandon its ambitions for a new store on the garage site.

“I don’t know what they will do, but me and everyone around here really hope they will continue with the flats,” he said. “The reasons for refusal were very similar to the other two occasions - there haven’t been many fundamental changes.”

Steve added: “It was fantastic to see the response, with everybody coming together to campaign for something that they believe strongly about.”

In a report by planning officers, councillors were told that refusal on the grounds of the store’s servicing arrangements would be difficult to defend if an appeal was lodged.

The revised proposals ‘adequately addressed’ the previous reasons given for rejecting the store.