Sheffield church gets go-ahead for new development

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Councillors have given the green light to plans to modernise Hillsborough Trinity Church.

Members of the council’s planning and highways committee voted in favour of plans to build a new toilet block suitable for disabled people along with more storage space, an office and a foyer area at the back of the church.

At the meeting on Tuesday, Rev Ian Lucroft said: “We’re very conscious that some of the neighbours have felt uncomfortable about the application but we are confident that we have done as much as we can to make it a valuable addition to the community.”

n Norton Church Hall is to be converted into six apartments despite objections from local residents. Planning permission was granted in 2012 for the construction of four flats. Since then an updated application has been rejected because of insufficient car parking. The current scheme includes 12 spaces for six apartments.

Resident Roger Bell objected to the development’s location within the Norton Conservation Area. But John Finnegan, of FJF Construction, said it would meet, if not exceed, the standards of existing buildings in the area.

n Enforcement action is to be taken against a builder’s yard which did not have planning permission.

The building at the back of a property on Baslow Road was originally described as a garage and store when it was built in 2001. However, residents have reported being inconvenienced by vans regularly collecting and delivering materials from there for 10 years. Local Coun Colin Ross said: “For a builder’s yard, it’s totally unsuitable and it’s clearly been a controversial issue for a number of years.”

Legal proceedings could now be launched to ensure the unauthorised use ceases.