Bail hostel fear over flats plan

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A DEMAND has been made to Sheffield Council to provide more information about a controversial planning application to convert part of a carpet shop into flats following fears that it may be used as a bail hostel.

Coun Jack Clarkson, of Stocksbridge Town Council, spoke in a meeting where he voiced concerns about the planning application for the development on Manchester Road, Stocksbridge.

Coun Clarkson, a former police inspector, said the application was to develop 11 flats in the building with shared toilets and kitchens.

He said: “This application seems unusual because normally flats or bedsits would have their own facilities. There are rumours it is going to be used as a bail hostel.”