Residents sign petition opposing Sheffield flats plan

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More than 100 people have signed a petition against plans they fear will ruin a ‘vibrant’ Sheffield community.

Residents say the plans for a four-storey block of 21 two-bed flats off Sharrow Vale Road are out of character, will add to already problematic parking on a busy road and ‘add nothing to the area’.

The proposals cover land between the end of Dyson Road, a narrow road next to the Mediteranean restaurant on Sharrowvale Road, and Gordon Road.

Two buildings will be converted into three apartments, with a bar or micropub and residents’ gym.

Teacher Gareth Evans, of Ratcliffe Road, said around 100 people had signed a petition because the number of apartments was too high.

He added: “Firstly the building itself is in no way in keeping with the area - four storeys will completely block out the light to houses across the road.

“The flats will house 43 people and they will all be able to have a parking permit for the area but there are only eight parking spaces.

“It is going to be an eyesore that will ruin the vibrant local area which has lots of eclectic shops.”

More than 60 objections have been submitted to the application, with many raising fears about the impact on a ‘difficult and dangerous’ junction as well as the number of flats to be built.

Others said the area was already ‘saturated with students’ and would back a different kind of development.

The application says the housing is designed for couples, instead of large numbers of students, and the scheme will bring a ‘rundown and neglected’ part of Sharrow Vale back into use.