Decision expected today on controversial improvement plans for Sheffield General Cemetery

Sheffield General Cemetery.
Sheffield General Cemetery.
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Councillors are expected to approve controversial improvement plans for Sheffield General Cemetery at a meeting today despite concerns from those living near the site.

Sheffield Council's planning and highways committee is due to approve the authority's own application to carry out works at the site but changed its proposals following concerns over the creation of a 13-bay car park within the Sharrow site.

Sheffield General Cemetery.

Sheffield General Cemetery.

The car park proposals were reduced to three parking spaces after more than 900 people signed two petitions against the proposals, which would see parking provided just off Montague Street.

The council said the works would see the site removed from Historic England's 'Heritage At Risk' register but objectors also claimed they would lead to the 'unnecessary felling of perfectly healthy trees'.

A report to the meeting said: "The key objectives of the scheme are to remove the site from Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, make the park more accessible and welcoming for users increasing use to a wider audience, provide a safe, accessible and welcoming public park, engage people with the site’s heritage, and to protect the natural habitat and enhance bio-diversity."

The meeting will be held at Sheffield Town Hall from 2pm on Tuesday, May 1.