Objection to plans to knock down Sheffield library and rebuild it in new community hub

Artist's impression of how Woodseats Library could look in a new community hub
Artist's impression of how Woodseats Library could look in a new community hub
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Plans to knock down a Sheffield library and rebuild it as part of a medical centre have been submitted.

The proposals would mean Woodseats Library, on Chesterfield Road, would become part of a medical centre and a pharmacy.

Sheffield Council – which is backing the scheme – says it will become a ‘community hub’.

The current library is in a poor condition and it is said repairs would be too expensive.

However, the plans for the three-storey building, submitted to Sheffield Council’s planning department, have already attracted an objection from a resident concerned about increased traffic on the already busy roads and the effect on residents’ privacy.

Abby Sawyer’s objection to council planning officers reads: “The new use will mean more traffic on this and surrounding roads as staff at the medical centre work different shifts and also use their cars for patient visits.

“This would increase the risk to regular pedestrian users of these roads such as the nursery on Linburn Road and young children walking to and from Abbey Lane School.

“The junction from Osmaston Road also has low visibility on to Linburn Road due to parked cars and increased traffic through this junction would increase the potential for collisions.”

The plans have been developed by Woodseats Medical Practice, with the council providing land in return for space for the library in the building.

The council says the new library would have the same amount of space as the existing one and retain the same opening hours.

However, the plans show the centre would be open from 7am until 8pm during the week, and from 8am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.

Work could start in the summer and is set to last for a year. A temporary library would be provided at the medical centre.