Apartments set for the green light in Sheffield

Artist's impression of the proposed apartments on the corner of Springvale Road and Howard Road, Commonside
Artist's impression of the proposed apartments on the corner of Springvale Road and Howard Road, Commonside
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Plans to develop a corner plot of land in Sheffield with flats are expected to get the go-ahead after a controversial scheme to build a Tesco supermarket was rejected.

Twelve apartments are proposed at the junction of Springvale Road and Howard Road, Commonside, and the project is recommended for approval at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

Proposals to build a store on the site of the former Hollies petrol station were abandoned following a public inquiry which dismissed an appeal against the council’s decision to refuse permission.

Many residents had objected to a new store because of fears over extra traffic and a lack of safe parking spaces in the area.

The four-storey apartment building will feature 11 two-bedroom flats, and a single one-bed property.

The designs, by Tatlow Stancer Architects, have been amended since being submitted earlier this year to revise the residents’ parking area, bin store and entrance. The overall height of the block has been increased.

A report to the committee by planning officers said 10 objections had been received.

Concerns about the building’s ‘height, size, scale and appearance’ had been raised, along with the amount of green space allotted to the development.

“The surrounding sites and their houses enjoy space to breathe - the dwellings proposed are beyond what is reasonable in this setting,” one resident said.

Coun Geoff Smith, Labour representative for Crookes ward, also commented, saying: “The site needs developing and apartments are a sensible use. However, two concerns - the first is traffic. It is a difficult junction and if there are parked cars on either side of the drive the sight lines will be more difficult.

“Another concern is height. It looks like it will loom rather large over surrounding houses.”

But officers said: “The proposed use is acceptable in principal. There would be sufficient on-street parking available to meet the limited demand generated by visitors.

“The proposed access arrangements are satisfactory and would not adversely affect the free flow of traffic. The site forms a prominent corner and the height will help to address the corner effectively within the streetscene.”