School plan set for approval

The former Watermead School
The former Watermead School
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Plans for a 420-place primary school and nursery are set to be approved to help tackle a shortage of places in north Sheffield.

Sheffield Council’s planning committee has been recommended to grant the proposals for the site of the former Watermead School, on Barrie Crescent, Parson Cross.

A decision is to be made at a meeting of the board on Tuesday.

As well as the school buildings, there would be a car park and landscaping.

The former school is currently being used as a community learning centre - and the council has not yet announced where the centre will be rehoused.

Playing fields would be retained as part of the plans.

Five letters of objection have been made, on the grounds of loss of trees, increased volume of traffic and that the playing fields and other green space would be enclosed by fencing so no longer open to the public.

But in a report to the planning committee, officers said: “The proposed ‘L’ shape school has been well-designed and carefully developed.

“The development will not have an adverse impact on the amenities of nearby residential properties.”

The same Sheffield Council planning board will also consider an application for 55 apartments for elderly people at the site of the former Newton Grange care home, in Horner Close, Stocksbridge.

The accommodation would comprise of 34 two-bed and 21 one-bedroom flats, along with car parking and landscaping.

There have been four letters of objection and one letter of support.

The objections relate to loss of trees, the size of the building and disturbance during construction work.

Sheffield Council planning officers said the normal maximum number of homes for the site would be 42 - but that a larger number would be allowed for a development of ‘good design’.

Officials have recommended approval for the flats, which meet a demand and ‘reflect the character of the area’.