Traffic fears over Sheffield school expansion

Hallam Primary School.
Hallam Primary School.
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Plans to demolish parts of a Sheffield school and then expand it have been objected to by residents who have concerns about ‘hazardous’ traffic.

The proposals for Hallam Primary School in Lodge Moor, would involve some of the infant school buildings being knocked down, with alterations and extensions made to provide more classrooms, car parking and new play areas.

Sheffield Council has submitted the plans so the school can become a ‘three form’ entry school rather than two, to cater for a ‘population expansion’ in the Hallam area.

Council planning officers are recommending councillors approve the plans at their board meeting next Tuesday despite 27 objections being lodged.

Those against the scheme are concerned about extra traffic on the roads, parking problems and overcrowding on Hallam Grange Crescent where the school is located.

One objector said: “A hazardous situation can only get worse if plans are not revised to increase on site parking and some enforceable measures put in place to reduce traffic volume.”

Another objection says community use of a new multi-use games area would cause noise and light pollution outside school hours and potentially increase anti-social behaviour and litter.

The report to Sheffield Council’s planning and highways committee says the number of car parking spaces would be increased from 20 to 35.

A new path would be provided to encourage pupils living on the south side of the school boundary to walk to lessons.

A travel plan which proposes suggestions such as a walking bus, encouraging car sharing and a five minute parking zone ‘offers an opportunity to improve matters’.

Eighteen additional temporary parking spaces could also be created, the report adds.