Controversy as Sheffield flats project resurrected

Residents protesting about proposed  building plans at 135 Dore Road
Residents protesting about proposed building plans at 135 Dore Road
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Controversial plans to build two apartment blocks in a large Sheffield garden are set to be thrown out – for a third time.

Metropolitan Homes wants to build 14 apartments in two blocks at 135 Dore Road, Dore, where one detached house currently stands in a large plot of land.

Some 1,800 people objected to a previous application for the site, which was also rejected by a planning inspector after the developer appealed against refusal.

The inspector felt the scheme was overdevelopment of the site.

Residents, who began their fight to stop the developments in 2011 after the plans were lodged with Sheffield Council, are against the flats on the grounds of ‘overdevelopment, traffic safety, garden grabbing, ecology and landscaping’.

The revised application, amending the shape of the blocks, to be considered at a meeting of the council’s city centre, south and east planning board on Monday, also involves 14 flats and an underground car park – and has again been recommended for refusal.

The latest plans have drawn 180 objections, including Dore Village Society and councillors representing the area.

One objector said: “The proposal does not make a credible attempt to address the inspector’s concerns.”

Council planning officers said in their report the development was ‘out of scale and character’.