Campaigners’ dismay as council votes in favour of Hansdworth pub demolition

Holme Lea Club at Handsworth which is threatened with demolition for housing to be built
Holme Lea Club at Handsworth which is threatened with demolition for housing to be built
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Councillors have approved plans to knock down a pub and replace it with apartments - despite a community campaign to save it.

More than 500 people objected to Spandrel Homes’ application to demolish Holme Lea Club in Handsworth and build 27 apartments.

Residents ready to battle to save their pub, the Holme Lea at Handsworth, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 27 March 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Residents ready to battle to save their pub, the Holme Lea at Handsworth, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 27 March 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

But despite concerns about an increase in pollution and the loss of a valued community facility, the majority of Sheffield Council’s planning committee voted on Tuesday to grant planning permission.

Jack Ku, of Medlock Road, Handsworth, presented his own air quality figures to councillors, arguing that a year-on-year increase in traffic in Handsworth Road meant pollution would rise above acceptable levels.

Mr Ku also raised concerns about the impact of any extra pollution on a nearby nursery. He said: “Can councillors guarantee that children’s health and safety can be safeguarded from further pollution?”

Maddie Pepper, a Handsworth resident for 48 years, said the pub acted as a community centre and was used by many groups.

And, taking Mrs Pepper’s point on board, Coun Peter Price said: “The community is losing a public facility which they have had access to for years. I know it’s a private building, but it’s still a public building.

“More and more buildings are being lost that communities have enjoyed for generations.”

The application was approved by a majority vote.

The developer will pay £130,325 towards affordable homes.

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