Debate over ‘saturation’ of Ecclesall Road

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Sheffield’s Ecclesall Road will ‘end up like West Street’ if more food and drink outlets open, residents fear.

Locals objecting to plans to turn a former E-cigarette shop on the leafy street into the city’s first real ale ‘micropub’ say the area is ‘overburdened’ and further development will exacerbate noise, taxi traffic and littering.

The Botanical Area Community Association said it recognised the pub applicants intend to run a ‘quiet establishment’ but said there was ‘no guarantee subsequent owners will be the same’.

Members also said there were already too many food and drink venues on Ecclesall Road.

But support for the application, put in by Chris Sinclair of the Dronfield Arms and partner John Harrison, outweighs objections by 21 to 10 and planners have recommended it be approved during a planning meeting next Tuesday at Sheffield Council.

The local Campaign for Real Ale stresses the micropub will serve real ales and ciders along with soft drinks and the emphasis is on ‘convivial conversation’.

Other residents said small pubs were ‘in short supply in the locality’ and it would ‘add vitality and choice’.

Teacher Mr Harrison, who grew up in Greystones, said the pub would sell ales from independent micro breweries and the venture would support other local businesses.

There will be no music, food or games and it will close at 11pm. He added it would be ‘tasteful’ and a ‘perfect fit’ for the area.

A report states 99 of the 170 units in the Ecclesall Road district centre are retail – above the required 50 per cent.

They are open during the day and add to its character.