Back to the drawing board for Chapeltown Baths developer

Chapeltown Baths.
Chapeltown Baths.
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A developer has been told to think again after council officers raised numerous issues with its plans for an old leisure centre.

Resilienti (Yorkshire) Ltd wants to knock down the old Chapeltown Baths in Burncross Road and build apartments and shops in the site.

Developer Resilenti has been told to think again.

Developer Resilenti has been told to think again.

A planning application was submitted in September, but was withdrawn last week after Sheffield Council’s planning officers came up with a long list of issues.

The developer will now come up with a new plan to address the issues.

Resilenti did not respond to a request for comment.

The council’s principal planning officer Adam Chapman identified several problems with the original application.

The baths closed in February 2016.

The baths closed in February 2016.

In a letter to the developer, he said it would be rejected unless withdrawn and replaced with a better proposal.

He said the current building had ‘little obvious design merit’ and had a poor relationship with the street, as it was set back behind a large car park.

Mr Chapman added: “The demolition of the existing building and redevelopment of this site represents and significant opportunity to enhance the appearance of the street scene.”

But he told Resilenti the proposal for four homes accessed from Burncross Road was ‘unacceptable’ of back land development which had a ‘very poor relationship with the rear of the commercial uses proposed’.

He added: “Any form of residential accommodation to the rear of the site must be accessed from Birks Avenue, effectively splitting the site into two separate areas. The dwellings must front Birks Avenue.”

The developer was also told a single storey building fronting Burncross Road was not appropriate, and two or three storeys should be considered.

Mr Chapman told the developer to clarify the amount of retail floor space it wanted, as various plans had indicated different sizes.

He said service vehicles could not park on the street because the buildings were closed to a pedestrian crossing, a junction and bus stop, so the plans must include space for service vehicles to enter and leave in a forward gear.

And he also urged the developer to consider neighbouring properties.

“An acceptable relationship to the nursing home must be established to avoid any unacceptable over overshadowing and overbearing,” said Mr Chapman.

The developer was also warned it would have to provide affordable housing if the scheme included 15 or more homes.

Chapeltown Baths closed in February 2016 after 55 years serving the community.

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