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CONTROVERSIAL plans to convert former Probation Service offices on a Sheffield housing estate into a hostel for homeless people have been resurrected - angering neighbouring residents.

Residents are being asked to comment on developer Nigel Parwana’s appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

He is bidding to overturn Sheffield Council’s decision to refuse permission for the scheme at 365 Southey Green Road, Southey Green.

The building was once a nunnery but has since been used as a hostel for young offenders, a probation service training centre and, most recently, offices.

Mr Parwana’s plans were refused in 2009 after a 102-signature petition and letters from residents and Southey councillor Alan Law.

Coun Law said at the time that the property had been sold on condition it would remain for offices only and that there were problems in the past when the site was used as a hostel for young offenders.

Neighbours were worried about the impact on house prices, parking - although a 12-space car park is proposed on site. They were annoyed that conversion work has already started before a decision is made on whether it should have planning permission.

An appeal has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate and is being considered.

People wishing to comment on the application have until April 24.

■ To make submissions about the planning application, log on to the Planning Inspectorate’s website www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal and search Southey Green to find the proposals.