Sheffield residents worried about housing plan

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Plans to build supported housing for disabled and mentally-ill people on the site of derelict garages are proving controversial in a Sheffield suburb.

Guinness Northern Counties housing association has applied for planning permission for the site behind Daisy Walk, and adjoining Lilac Road and Sevenairs Road, Beighton.

The company’s application to Sheffield Council proposes demolition of garages and construction of a residential and supported housing development.

The building would be two-and-a-half storeys high and provide 20 one-bed supported flats, with ancillary accommodation and associated car parking.

Ten people have objected.

Paul Cartwright, of nearby Ashdown Gardens, Sothall, said: “My children stay regularly with their grandparents in a property adjacent to the site and I would be concerned for their wellbeing.

“The suggested use of this property is for supported living, I understand that potential tenants could include people with substance abuse issues and mental health issues such as schizophrenia.

“This concerns me as my youngest likes to play with his cousins on open space next to the development.”

Emma Thompson, of Daisy Walk, Beighton, said: “It is a very quiet and communal neighbourhood. I feel safe to walk my dog at night and to leave my car on the road.

“In an area with many elderly and vulnerable people as well as young families, this is going to turn this quiet, communal estate into a nightmare place to live.”

Residents are also concerned about the size of the proposed building – and say it is too large for the site.

Clare Pagowski, of Lilac Road, added: “Most of the windows in this property are overlooking my living room, kitchen and 17-year-old daughter’s bedroom window.

“I fully understand that these people need homes to live in and need to be supported but would prefer this not to be just over my back garden.”

Sheffield Council has not yet set a date for a decision to be made on the application, which is still open for public comments until July 25.

Guiness’s application does not disclose details about potential tenants or how they will be looked after.

■ Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk and search application 13/02050/FUL.