Controversial Sheffield flats plans resurrected

p14 lead'Dore residents protesting about proposed  building plans at 135 Dore Road
p14 lead'Dore residents protesting about proposed building plans at 135 Dore Road
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ONE of the most controversial Sheffield planning applications in recent years has been revived - six months after it was refused planning permission.

Metropolitan Homes have mounted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against the decision by Sheffield Council’s planning board over its plans to replace a single detached house in Dore with 14 apartments.

Some 2,000 people signed petitions and sent letters of objection about the scheme for 135 Dore Road before it was rejected in February.

Residents who fought the plans feared the flats would overlook their homes, be out of character and cause traffic problems among other concerns.

Paul Millington, aged 49, a company director whose garden backs onto the site and is a member of Dore Conservation Group, was one of the leading opponents .

He said: “All the original objections still stand. We are disappointed to hear the developer is going to appeal and would urge the Planning Inspectorate to hold a public inquiry.

“The appeal should take place in public to give residents the chance to have a say and hear the arguments.”

Dore Village Society member and former Tory councillor Anne Smith who lives close by, objected strongly.

Dore and Totley Lib Dem councillor Colin Ross, urged residents to email the Planning Inspectorate to call for a public inquiry.

He said: “The scheme has caused a great deal of controversy and received over 2,000 objections from local residents on the grounds of it being a significant overdevelopment and out of keeping with the nature and character of the area.

“Concerns were raised regarding its impact on residents’ amenity, infra-structure and services, its location on a dangerous bend and further traffic risks due to its close proximity to a busy doctors’ surgery.”

Metropolitan Homes, which is based on Paradise Square in the city centre, was unavailable for comment when contacted by The Star.