Opposed homes plan near park pulled out

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Controversial plans to turn a former care home into houses on the edge of a Sheffield park have been withdrawn to address concerns.

The proposals for Brincliffe Towers near Chelsea Park, Nether Edge, were objected to by dozens of residents with concerns over the impact on the conservation area, green space, traffic and wildlife.

An action group was launched to fight the plans.

Now the building’s owners, who say they want to bring back to life ‘a jewel of Victorian architecture’ which has been in decline, have withdrawn the plans to remove a 1950s extension, restore two buildings and create four detached family homes in the gardens.

A statement from them said: “The scheme had gone through the statutory pre-planning exercise and was submitted for full planning after the owners and developers undertook extensive reports from ecology, tree and heritage experts.

“But during this application process the owners were made aware of certain issues and have made the decision to withdraw.

“It is anticipated there will be a revised application submitted which responds to concerns from the planning department and wider community.

“The owners restate their commitment to a consultative process with all parties.”

Viv Lockwood, from Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group, said there had been at least 90 objections and the group would ‘look again’ at revised proposals.

He was also aware of a bid to buy and develop the site with a cafe and toilets, but said it had been rejected.