New bid to demolish Sheffield works

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A fresh bid to knock down a 200-year-old building and put up housing has sparked opposition.

Plans have been submitted to Sheffield Council to demolish Creevela Works, on the corner of Parsonage Street and Parsonage Crescent, Walkley, and build a single block of six apartments in its place.

Proposals to knock down the works and turn it into four town houses were turned down by Sheffield Council last year, a decision which was later upheld by a planning inspector on appeal.

The building is currently unoccupied but was used until recently by the applicant, building cladding firm Clear Line, as an office and depot.

The previous plans were rejected by councillors because of a lack of on-street parking.

Six parking spaces are provided in the new designs in an ‘undercroft’ and back yard, as well as room for cars to turn around.

In a planning statement to the council, consultant Robert Bryan, acting on behalf of Clear Line, said: “This scheme is a response to the refusal of the previous application for four dwellings.

“The proposed scheme provides adequate off-street parking. It should be noted that the existing lawful use of the site as a builder’s depot could create significantly worse traffic issues.”

Mr Bryan added: “If this scheme is not granted it will be necessary to revert to the use of the site as a builder’s depot.”

But objecting to the plans, resident Keith Short, of Parsonage Crescent, said: “I have much sympathy for Clear Line’s dilemma, however their latest proposal means turning the rear of the building into a vehicular thoroughfare for constant use day or night, bringing noise and fumes into the neighbours’ refuge and leisure areas of their back gardens and yards.”

Fellow objector Katie Short, also of Parsonage Crescent, said the scheme was not ‘in the interests of the community’.

“The development will overshadow the surrounding residents and particular concern for properties opposite is both loss of light and loss of views over the valley,” she said.

Campaigners are again being backed by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

“This latest application does not appear to have adequately addressed concerns that have been raised previously by constituents,” he said.