Garage expansion plans win favour

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PLANS by a Sheffield car showroom to extend its repairs facility and open an MoT testing centre are set to be approved by councillors.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board will decide on an application by Meersbrook Garage, on Meersbrook Road, at a meeting on Monday.

The proposals also include 1.8 metre-high boundary walls and external lighting.

Some 14 residents have objected on the grounds the development is ‘a substantial intensification of the use from a garage with two bays and a showroom to six repair bays, more staff and more disturbance’.

Locals said expansion was ‘not appropriate in a residential area because of noise from hammering, pneumatic tools, car movements, pollution fumes and light’. They are also unhappy about potential extra traffic and lack of parking for customers.

Two previous plans to close the garage and replace it with 15 and then 12 apartments were rejected in 2007.

But Sheffield Council planning officers are recommending approval. They say the current owners have improved the garage from a ‘dilapidated state’ and expansion would ‘not harm amenities of local residents’ because the garage would be restricted to opening on weekdays only.