Sheffield pub plan wins go-ahead despite fears over noise

damram'The Dam House restaurant and bar overlooking Crookes Valley Park
damram'The Dam House restaurant and bar overlooking Crookes Valley Park
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CONTROVERSIAL plans to reopen a Sheffield bar and restaurant as a student pub offering cheap promotions have been approved despite objections from nearby residents about noise and anti-social behaviour.

Members of Sheffield Council’s licensing board approved the application for the Dam House bar and restaurant in Crookes Valley Park, but imposed several conditions.

The Dam House has had a series of owners in recent years - including former Sheffield Wednesday player Carlton Palmer - and was sold last autumn after being closed for a number of months.

Conditions were all promotional activity should be approved by designated premises supervisor, no amplified sound except from the in-house system, no music outside and that the door to the terrace is closed at 10.30pm.

Bernard Little, Green Party candidate for Sheffield Council’s Broomhill ward, said: “The residents of adjacent Harcourt Road marshalled a strong case for a family-friendly business to operate at the Dam House.

“Everybody at the meeting wanted the Dam House to succeed, but concerns remain over the noise and public safety impact on local residents.

“I share concerns expressed about promotional material which appears to promote it as a cheap drinks and entertainment venue targeting young people. The owners have offered to work with the local community and I will be watching closely to see if promises to make the Dam House family friendly are kept.”

Kamalijit Singh Sangha and Simrun Badh, from Greno-side, applied to reopen it as a student pub serving food from 8am-11pm during the week and 11.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Promotion literature promised ‘more bang for your buck’ and ‘calling time on overpriced food and drink’.

Residents in Crookesmoor and Broomhill made 20 objections about potential for noise, litter, crime and anti-social behaviour and a possible impact on wildlife and the park landscape.