A LANDMARK pub on one of the main roads into Sheffield which has been stood abandoned for years is set to be converted into a seven-bedroom house.
The plans for the former Bell Hagg, on Manchester Road between Crosspool and Rivelin, are to be considered at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s West and North Planning Board on Tuesday.
Planning officers are recommending the scheme should be approved although conservation groups are opposed because it involves extending the buildings, which lie in the green belt near the Peak District National Park.
Planning officers said in a report: “The proposal seeks full planning permission to convert the buildings into a single residential dwelling and includes erection of a glazed link across the rear courtyard between the two existing buildings.
“The existing, single-storey front extension on to Manchester Road would be demolished and replaced with a much smaller entrance lobby and a two metre high curved stone boundary wall. A further two-storey building would be demolished and replaced with a terraced garden.
“Alterations to the main buildings include additional windows and rooflights.”
But Loxley Valley Protection Society said linking the two main buildings would be ‘detrimental to the openness of the green belt’ and lead to a complex of ‘very large proportions for a single building’.
But Rivelin Conservation Group praised the plans as ‘innovative’ and said visible impact would be limited.
The letter added: “Given the length of time the building has been unused, the society is encouraged that a proposal has come forward for appropriate use.”
Planning officers said while the overall volume of building would be increased by 23 per cent, ‘it is considered that the proposal would comprise a minor extension within the council’s planning guidance on house extensions in the green belt’.
But if the scheme is approved, planners are recommending the owner’s rights for minor alterations without seeking consent are removed.