HOUSING plans have been approved for the site of a busy garage in a Sheffield neighbourhood.
Twigg Brothers were granted permission to redevelop their base on Toyne Street, Crookes, for 12 houses.
But the garage will remain for the time being, as the application was speculative and the owners have not yet decided whether to sell the site.
If they do go ahead, Twigg Brothers say they will continue in business and trade from a site they own at Neepsend.
Sheffield Council’s west and north planning board had been recommended to approve the scheme in a report by planning officers.
It said: “The proposal is considered acceptable in design terms and will sit comfortably within the locality.”
Surrounding residents said the proposed new homes would be an improvement although they voiced concerns that only seven parking spaces are included in the plans.
But the council said the location is close to ‘excellent public transport links’ - so some residents might not need cars.
The same planning committee also approved a scheme to build 12 detached homes on a field behind Hanson Road, Loxley, despite 26 letters of objection.
Surrounding residents were unhappy about the impact of extra traffic using the planned entrance from Hanson Road and called for a different access to be created.
They were also upset about loss of green space and wildlife habitat.
But outline planning permission had already been granted and council highways officials said that they had no concerns about access to the site.
However an application for three houses at the rear of homes on Austin Close, Loxley, was refused permission.
Council planning officers recommended the plans should be turned down because it would result in the loss of trees of ‘high amenity value’ to surrounding residents.
Loxley Valley Protection Society and Bradfield Parish Council were among the groups objecting.