‘Greedy’ developer refused permission

Residents unhappy about apartment plans at 135 Dore Road. Pictured are Paul Millington, left, and Aubrey Read, both of Dore Conservation Group
Residents unhappy about apartment plans at 135 Dore Road. Pictured are Paul Millington, left, and Aubrey Read, both of Dore Conservation Group
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A housing developer behind controversial plans to build 14 apartments on the site of a single house was branded ‘greedy’ by councillors as his application was rejected once again.

Martin Flowers, of Metropolitan Homes, was initially refused permission for the flats, in two blocks off Dore Road, Dore, last year after 2,000 people objected.

He appealed and was again refused permission by a Government planning inspector.

But, undeterred, Mr Flowers submitted a further application – also for 14 homes but this time in L-shaped blocks to reduce the frontage to the road.

The application was recommended for refusal and received 214 objections.

Near neighbour Aubrey Read, of Dore Conservation Group, spoke at yesterday’s Sheffield Council planning committee meeting where a decision on the scheme was made.

Mr Read said: “The density of housing provided through this application would be 30 properties per hectare – well above the typical density in the area of 12 homes per hectare.”

Coun Colin Ross, who represents Dore and Totley, added: “There are very solid grounds for rejection – it does represent over-development and it is out of character.”

Coun Ross said the proposals had merely been ‘tweaked’ from the application rejected last year.

Mr Flowers responded: “We have taken a large chunk out of each of the buildings by making the apartments smaller and there are now two L-shaped buildings which are smaller.

“They are each similar in size to some of the big old houses further down the road.

“I have seen similar buildings work well in other areas of Sheffield. What is so precious about the suburb of Dore that they cannot have apartments in that area?”

Planning officer Chris Heeley said the proposed buildings remained ‘incredibly large’ despite a 20 per cent reduction in their scale.

The planning committee meeting heard that Metropolitan Homes already have planning permission to build either six or eight houses – and have already started work on building according to the six-homes plan.

Coun Peter Price, a member of the planning committee, said: “If it had been in Firth Park, the scheme would have gone through on the nod.”

But he added: “Here, I think the developer is being a bit greedy. Previous developments approved for the site are much more satisfactory.”

Committee chairman, Coun Alan Law, said: “The plans for six or eight homes are more in keeping.”

After the meeting, Mr Read said: “We are getting fed up with this one – the application keeps coming back.Will Mr Flowers ever give up on it? The apartments scheme is too large and would bring at least 30 cars – it would be like having a new cul-de-sac.”

Coun Ross said: “I hope the developer doesn’t waste public money by appealing again.”

Mr Flowers said he had not decided whether to appeal against the decision.