RESIDENTS look set to lose their battle against the relocation of a sewage works which they say would have a ‘smelly impact’ on their village.
Despite a 200-name petition and 19 letters of objection, Sheffield Council planning officers are recommending the scheme is approved by councillors.
The proposals involve moving sewage works from an existing site near Deepcar to the More Hall Garden Centre and Fisheries site near Wharncliffe Side.
Protesters are worried about potential smell, impact on the green belt, and traffic.
Planning officers say all the major issues have been addressed.
The scheme is to be considered by the council’s west and north planning board next Tuesday.
Yorkshire Water and Bloor Homes want to relocate the waste water treatment plant further along Manchester Road so it does not affect Bloor’s proposed development of 400 homes on the site of the old RG Stein brickworks at Deepcar.
It is a condition of planning permission for the homes that the sewage works are decommissioned and removed.
Protesters, who mainly live in Wharncliffe Side, say transferring the works along the valley would create ‘a huge development’ which would have ‘a smelly impact on our little village’.
More Hall reservoir is popular with ramblers, dog walkers, cyclist and riders.
One objector said: “Yorkshire Water is going to destroy a lovely wildlife habitat, which seems totally wrong, especially as there is tipped land nearby.”
Another added: “Wharncliffe Side has already suffered enough at the hands of Yorkshire Water and its constant encroachment on what used to be a lovely village.”
But a council report says there will be no ‘undue impact’ on the nearest residents - whose homes are reached off Wharncliffe Avenue.
The proposed works would have ‘odour control technology’, while tanks would be covered and others fitted with automatic desludging pumps.
Council officers claim there are ‘very special circumstances’ to justify moving the works - even though to do so breaches green belt guidelines. They say the relocation would pave the way for new homes ‘which will in turn promote the regeneration of a contaminated site and contribute to the five year supply of housing in the city’.
They also argue the new works would be ‘appropriately screened’ by landscaping, there would be no significant increase in traffic, and the development would be designed to take into account the risk of flooding.
Yorkshire Water was previously granted planning permission in 2003 for a waste water treatment works on the More Hall tip, but that has now expired.
If the new works are given the go-ahead, they will be subject to a long list of conditions.