Time to decide on Tesco scheme in Sheffield

The proposed site of a new Tesco Express on Ecclesall Road South in Sheffeild.
The proposed site of a new Tesco Express on Ecclesall Road South in Sheffeild.
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Plans to build a convenience store on the site of a former garage on Ecclesall Road South could get the green light next week - despite a 2,750-strong petition and more than 100 objections.

Officers have recommended that Sheffield Council’s planning committee should approve the application to knock down the old Parkhead garage, near the junction with Abbey Lane, and open a Tesco Express.

It is the third attempt by the supermarket giant to open a store on the same site.

In 2012, the council refused planning permission for the second time because of concerns about delivery lorries disrupting traffic on the main road.

However, in a report to a committee meeting next Tuesday, planning officers say this time the proposed shop is ‘significantly smaller’ then in previous applications.

The new scheme also allows for lorries to pull off the road to make deliveries.

But the report points out: “This will require a commitment to managing the car park effectively to ensure that space is available when deliveries arrive.

“On balance, the proposals are considered to adequately address the reasons for refusal on the previous applications.”

The store would ‘regenerate an increasingly derelict site’, planners say.

“Refusal on the grounds of the proposed servicing arrangements would be difficult to successfully defend in the event of an appeal.”

But following the third application protesters have made their voices heard more vociferously than ever.

A petition has attracted 2,753 signatures, 102 individual objections have been lodged and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has urged councillors to take residents’ concerns into consideration.

Local Liberal Democrat councillor Roger Davison is also opposed.

Protesters say there is insufficient room for parking - nine spaces are proposed - and that the Spar store opposite the site meets the needs of local shoppers.

A further application is also a ‘total disregard’ for public and council opinion, objectors say.

Under the new proposals, the semi-detached house next door to the former garage will be used for an office and staff facilities, with the first floor closed off for maintenance access only.