Fears a proposed new supermarket could affect traders in Sheffield have been raised after new plans were submitted.
An application to demolish the Jet petrol station on Manchester Road, Crosspool – the last filling station on the way out of Sheffield on the A57 westbound – into a ‘retail development’ with car parking is now being considered by Sheffield Council.
If approved, it would be located close to independent traders on Sandygate Road.
Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, Liberal Democrat candidate for the council’s Crookes ward, which includes Crosspool, is leading protests against the application and also raised concerns about traffic and parking.
He said: “This looks like it could be an application for a major supermarket chain by the back door.
“That’s why I have started a petition and am informing residents about the plans.
“I have concerns about the impact the development would have on traffic and parking in the area.
“The petrol station is also the last place to fill up along the A57 to Manchester, with no alternatives close by.
“What’s more, I am sure independent traders in the area will also be worried about the impact on their business.”
Consultants for the plans say there are no details of a prospective occupier ‘as discussions with several parties are continuing.’
However, they say that, ‘given the style and format of the unit and the location of the site, it is anticipated it will attract a general convenience store operator selling everyday items such as groceries, alcoholic and soft drinks, tobacco and newspaper.’
Several residents have also objected to the planning application – saying that it would have a ‘detrimental effect’ on local shops as well as removing the only petrol station between Sheffield and Glossop.
Anne Murphy, Labour candidate for the ward, said she was also ‘concerned’ about the potential effect on nearby traders, which were ‘well used and well liked’ by residents.