Controversial plans to demolish a historic Sheffield pub so it can become a supermarket have been approved after a public inquiry.
A Government planning inspector has made the decision to replace the Cart and Horses, off Wortley Road, High Green with a Sainsbury’s Local store and hot food takeaway.
Richard McCoy ruled that there would be no road congestion, parking or safety problems as long as conditions were met, and that the new development would ‘enhance rather than harm the character and appearance of the area’.
Sheffield Council rejected the scheme, from applicant Punch, after hundreds of people and Ecclesfield Parish Council fought to save the 200-year-old building. Councillors had over-ruled the advice of officers to turn it down.
Objections also came from pupils of nearby High Green Primary School who warned of traffic problems along Wortley Road being made worse. But the council’s decision was challenged with an appeal.
While Mr McCoy accepted that a case could be made on traffic grounds, he said there was “little by way of respectable defence” in terms of the impact on the appearance of the area.
He concluded that “the proposal, subject to conditions, would not compromise highway safety, increase congestion, lead to parking problems or harmfully change residential amenity.
The council has been ordered to meet part of the appeal costs of pub owners Punch Partnerships.
Parish councillor Garry Weatherall said he was ‘disappointed’ at the outcome.
But the proposed development may be stalled further because of a possible covenant that means the building cannot be demolished.