Shop can expand, inspector decides following appeal

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The refusal of a controversial bid to expand a Sheffield convenience store and build apartments has been overturned on appeal.

Proposals were submitted last year to demolish the Carterknowle Food and Wine shop, on Carter Knowle Road, and put up a new building offering more floor space, as well as three two-bedroom apartments on the first floor, garages and outside terraces for residents.

The application attracted nearly 40 representations, many of them objecting to the scheme, and councillors refused planning consent at a meeting in October 2014.

But agent DLP Planning lodged an appeal against the decision which was allowed by a Government planning inspector.

In their reasons for refusal, councillors said there would be insufficient parking and raised concerns over pedestrian safety on Montrose Road and Carter Knowle Road.

However, at a meeting this week planning committee members were told the inspector was ‘satisfied’ that the current level of on-street parking was enough to ‘absorb a moderate increase’ in traffic. And responding to fears a supermarket chain could move into the building, the inspector said the planning system ‘cannot control the future occupants of retail space’.

Costs were awarded against the council.