Sheffield residents’ joy as garden home plan is thrown out

Town Hall protestors l to r Leigh Newbould , Kay and Alan Wilson,Marion Farrance and Betty Williams
Town Hall protestors l to r Leigh Newbould , Kay and Alan Wilson,Marion Farrance and Betty Williams
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JUBILANT residents punched the air after persuading councillors to reject proposals for a detached house and double garage in the grounds of a listed building.

Sheffield Council’s planning board ruled that the long drive giving access to the development behind the Grade II-listed manor house on Greenhill Main Road, Greenhill, was inadequate.

Some 38 people had objected to the application by Coda Studios. Meg Munn, Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, also supported the objections.

Leigh Newbould, one of the protesters who spoke against the plans at yesterday’s council meeting, said: “I’m glad about the result on behalf of everyone who lives in the neighbourhood.”

Mr Newbould had earlier, while making his objections to the board, branded the development ‘garden grabbing’.

The developers had managed to overcome concerns by the fire service that engines could not get up the narrow 50m access track by promising to install sprinklers.

However, councillors ruled the access route was still not good enough for builders or residents to access the site and refused planning permission.

But the planning board had earlier approved a similar proposal for land at 44 Greenhill Main Road.

A total of 16 objections had been made to that scheme which involved a two-storey house in the former smallholding and orchard behind the existing house.

One nearby resident, Malcolm Shale, whose garden adjoins the site, said he had evidence of badgers and bats, protected species, on the site.

He said: “The law protects badgers and bats. Let’s see it working. The proposed design is also at odds with the site being in a conservation area.”

However, council officers said they believed the badger sett on site was abandoned.

Councillors said they ‘could not find sufficient reasons’ to refuse the scheme which would withstand an appeal.

Coun Alan Law, board chairman, said the plans were being approved ‘with reluctance’.