Councillors lament loss of 200-year-old Sheffield pub

Thorncliffe Arms pub at Chapletown
Thorncliffe Arms pub at Chapletown
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Councillors raised concerns about the loss of a 200-year-old Sheffield pub as they agreed plans to demolish it for flats.

The Thorncliffe Arms, on Warren Lane, Chapeltown, will now be knocked down so nine apartments can be created on the site.

Councillors asked whether the building could not have been saved and sensitively converted at the latest meeting of Sheffield Council’s planning and highways committee.

Coun Roger Davison said: “Obviously it is a 200-year-old building. Wasn’t there any way it could have brought back into use?”

Planning officers said the building could not have been converted into the number of units wanted and the request had been to demolish it.

The pub has been closed for some time.

However, councillors said more should be done to protect pubs.

But they were told there was no application from residents to make the Thorncliffe Arms a community asset and a decision had to be made based on the proposals before them.

Coun Peter Price said: “This issue is coming up time and time again – 200-year-old buildings and part of our heritage. It is time we had a look at how we protect these buildings.

“If it had been in the city centre, there would have been an outcry.”

Nine objections were also received to the plans from residents raising concerns about insufficient parking, the impact on highways and the loss of the building.

Planning officers said the scheme was acceptable according to policies and provided ‘adequate amenity’

The plans from Neways Associates were approved, although three of the 11 committee members abstained from the vote.