Councillors to assess fears over planned new Sheffield link road

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A DECISION on whether to approve 116 new houses on a Sheffield estate has been put on hold so councillors can visit to assess neighbouring residents’ concerns.

Norfolk Park Tenants’ and Residents’ Association has collected 59 signatures on a petition against the plans for land on Park Spring Drive.

The homes are proposed to replace flats and maisonettes which were demolished several years ago.

The replacement properties are set to be the first of more than 2,000 homes for ‘affordable’ sale and rent to be built by the Sheffield Housing Company, a joint venture by the council and private development companies.

But Jennifer Hobson, chairman of the TARA, said that while residents had no objection to the homes, they were opposed to part of the plan which involves building a link to East Bank Road.

Mrs Hobson said: “There used to be far more houses standing, and the existing roads could cope.”

She said residents do not want the area ‘opening up’ to neighbouring estates because it has a low crime rate and they are concerned about potential anti-social behaviour.

Sheffield City Centre, South and East Planning Board voted to defer making a decision for three weeks so they could make a site visit.