A GROUNDSWELL of protest has reared against plans to knock down a 200-year-old former pub and replace it with a Sainsbury’s Local supermarket.
The redevelopment of the Old Cart and Horses site in High Green - currently a Chinese restaurant - is to be considered for approval at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s west and north planning board on Tuesday.
Objectors say the pub, on Wortley Road, has been an important part of village life for almost 200 years.
They also maintain that replacing it with a Sainsbury’s convenience store - and a fish and chip shop - would exacerbate traffic problems and cause too much noise.
A petition with 597 names has been submitted to the council by the Wortley Road Protest group, an objection has been lodged by Ecclesfield Parish Council and 153 individual representations have been lodged.
Coun David Pepper, chairman of Ecclesfield Parish Council, said: “The building is part of the character of the area and we would like it to stay as it is.”
The parish council is opposing the plans due to potential noise, traffic and the impact on other businesses.
’Disbelief’ is expressed by some critics at the proposed loss of such an old building - although it is not listed - and a replacement that would ‘erode the village environment and crate more of a suburban high street’.
One supporter, though, who has lived in High Green for 20 years, said: “High Green is no longer a village due to mass developments and a supermarket would be welcome.”
Sheffield Council planning officers are recommending approval of the Sainsbury’s plans.
Officers say that there are no reasons to refuse the proposals under planning law.
They say the store should be allowed but must operate subject to conditions, opening only between 7am and 11pm, while the takeaway could open from 9am to 11pm.