Noise concerns over coffee and shisha bar plans for Sheffield

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Concerns about noise created at a coffee and shisha bar on a popular Sheffield road have been raised as plans look set to be approved for an outdoor seating area.

The change of use application would involve open land which used to form part of a car sales forecourt at the city centre end of Ecclesall Road becoming an outdoor seated area for a period of two years.

A report to Sheffield Council’s planning committee, ahead of a meeting on Tuesday, says shisha is offered as part of the menu, but is not the cafe’s primary function.

Residents have raised concerns the proposal could result in extra littering, noise and parking problems. One comment says: “There are already sufficient food/drink outlets on Ecclesall Road and the number is becoming overwhelming.”

The plans are recommended for approval by planning officers, subject to conditions, including a closing time of 9pm.

But some comments say trading has already begun with ‘opening hours past midnight’.

Planners also say Ecclesall Road is one of Sheffield’s busiest and ‘generates a considerable amount of noise’.