PLANS to bulldoze a detached house and replace it with blocks containing 14 apartments have caused a storm of protest in a leafy Sheffield suburb.
The proposal, involving a 1.5 acre site at 135 Dore Road, Dore, has led to more than 500 objections to Sheffield Council.
Developer Metropolitan Homes has scaled down the height of its proposed Dore Hall scheme but local councillors and Dore Village Society remain opposed.
Residents closest to the site have formed a protest organisation, Dore Conservation Group.
The campaigners include former Tory councillor Anne Smith, Paul Millington, a finance director and Aubrey Read, a retired chartered civil engineer.
Mrs Smith said: “It can’t be right for a developer to maximise profits by cramming a garden with flats which are not in keeping with the area.
“The development could risk lives by adding to an already dangerous traffic situation. It will seriously devalue others’ property while destroying trees and wildlife.”
The group disputes Metropolitan’s claims of strong demand for luxury flats.
The company says its 28-apartment development at Braemore, on Ecclesall Road South, is ‘almost fully sold’ - but 11 of the properties are still registered to the developer at the Land Registry.
Metropolitan, based in Paradise Square in the city centre, has said apartments at Dore Hall would sell for between £700,000 and £1.4 million.
The residents’ group alleges that Dore Road is shown on Metropolitan’s plans to be wider than it actually is at the bend outside 135 Dore Road - and say the location is unsuitable as an access point for the apartments.
Dore and Totley councillor and Lib Dem deputy leader, Coun Colin Ross, said: “The proposed blocks would be overbearing.
“I have great concerns about highways issues and there will be an impact on the natural landscape and habitats. Roots of trees would be endangered by excavations.”
Metropolitan said it was in discussions with Sheffield Council to scale down the apartments development - proposed instead of detached houses, for which the company already has consent.
Instead of being four storeys, the amended proposal would be for the same number of flats in two-storey blocks, plus a further level of penthouse apartments built into the roof, and an underground car park containing 34 spaces, plus four above ground for disabled people.
A spokesman for Metropolitan Homes said: “We realise there were local concerns and are happy to reduce the size of the buildings to make the scheme acceptable.”
He added: “At Braemore, only four apartments remain on the market. A further six are reserved, with deposits from potential purchasers who have not yet sold their own properties.
“The site plan and highways implications will be considered by the council as part of the planning process.”