‘Bail hostel’ flats plans refused

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COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to convert part of a carpet shop into flats, after residents raised fears the premises may be used as a bail hostel.

Sheffield Council’s west and north planning board refused a planning application for the site of Crofton Carpets on Manchester Road, Stocksbridge.

Developers wanted to convert parts of the premises into three apartments - two with six bedrooms, and one with five bedrooms - with shared facilities, using the basement, first and second floors.

The ground floor would have continued to be used as a carpet shop.

Councillors refused permission at a Town Hall meeting on the basis of ‘over-intensive use’ and ‘disamenity to residents’.

Stocksbridge residents had objected to the plans, suspecting the building would be used as a hostel for people on bail, or to house ‘down and outs’.

Some 21 residents wrote to the council objecting to the plans.

One resident said: “The development has potential to threaten the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.”

Lib Dem town councillor Jack Clarkson said before the meeting: “This application seems unusual because normally flats or bedsits would have their own facilities.

“There has been a lack of consultation and it is believed by many people that the premises may be earmarked for a bail hostel.”