Mill plan approved

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A CONTROVERSIAL plan to turn a historic paper mill in Sheffield into three homes has been approved by councillors.

Developers who want to transform Olive House Works on Black Lane, Loxley, faced opposition from Loxley Valley Protection Society, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Hillsborough and District Preservation Trust.

Objections were raised over alterations to the Grade II- listed building and overdevelopment of the green belt.

But councillors gave the go-ahead for the scheme after planning officers told them the project would secure the future of the site.

Planning officers said: “The proposal would be considered to have an acceptable impact on the open character of the green belt and to safeguard the architectural and historic character of the listed building.”

Conditions were imposed to allow the council access to two cast-iron water wheels for maintenance purposes.