Plans revealed for 60 homes on former school site in Sheffield

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Detailed plans to build more than 60 homes on the site of the former King Ecgbert Upper School in Dore have been revealed.

Developer Bellway Homes wants to put up 64 properties - ranging from two-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom detached houses - on land where the school once stood off Furniss Avenue.

The scheme was given outline planning permission in 2013 following a public consultation, but now the full proposals have been submitted to Sheffield Council.

In a statement on behalf of Bellway, agent DLP Planning said several areas of open space will be provided within the site and footpaths will be protected.

Dore and Totley ward councillor Colin Ross said it was felt the scheme was ‘much more acceptable’ than previous proposals on the land for 106 homes, which were refused permission eight years ago. The decision was upheld on appeal in 2008.

“More than 100 was just too many,” said Mr Ross.

“The area was always going to go for housing. We would always have preferred a nice open space, but we realise there is a need for more housing, and this is on a scale which is more acceptable for the community.”

In the statement, DLP said the application ‘proposes a range of house types, sizes and tenures based on the needs of the community’.

“The proposal will have minimal impact on the surrounding environment and contribute to the enhancement of built form and provide an increase in the population of Dore, which will help to support local businesses and achieve economic growth.”

However, objections have already been lodged by residents in Dore.

Mary Aston, who lives on Bushey Wood Road, said: “It will be turned in to an overdeveloped, overcrowded, congested and noisy part of this village and will certainly have a detrimental effect on the village and our landscape.

“A smaller development on the original footings of the school could be an improvement. Furniss Avenue is already a nightmare for local people in the morning and cannot tolerate further congestion.”

Planning officers will prepare a report ahead of any decision by councillors.