Demolition of historic Sheffield works given approval by planning officers

Creevela Works, Parsonage Cresecent, Walkley.
Creevela Works, Parsonage Cresecent, Walkley.
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Plans to demolish a historic works building in a Sheffield suburb has been conditionally granted by planning chiefs.

The Creevela Works site on the corner of Parsonage Street and Parsonage Crescent in Walkley has been earmarked for demolition and rebuilt as homes.

A previous application to flatten the 200-year-old building and build four two-to-three bedroom houses was rejected in late 2014 on the grounds of parking issues.

Now amended plans have been submitted to the council and officers have recommended the plans are approved.

The planning committee made up of 12 councillors will have the final say on June 7.

The amended plans now include four two-bedroom and two one-bedroom apartments with seven parking spaces on site.

There has been huge opposition to the demolition with the council receiving 33 objection letters which include Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and Walkley councillor Neale Gibson.

Opponents to the development say Creevela Works is one of the oldest buildings in Walkley, and have called for it to be converted rather than demolished completely.

Walkley Community Forum is another group who have campaigned against demolition.

Veronica Hardstaff, aged 74, of Walkley Community Forum, said: “The site could’ve been occupied by residents in the original building around 15 years ago but the developers have kept coming back with unsuitable proposals.

“The demolition of one of the oldest buildings in Walkley is not needed. It’s in a great condition and could easily be converted into two or three apartments.

“I would be very happy to see a conversion with people living there and the possibility of a small extension, but I believe six dwellings is too many. If the building was falling apart then it would be a different story but it isn’t.”

A planning report said: “The development is of acceptable design, responds positively to the context of the site and adjoining properties plus it would not do any harm to the character or appearance of the street or surrounding area.

“The development includes seven off-street parking spaces, a number which is considered to be adequate to meet any likely parking demands.”

“It is therefore recommended the application be approved subject to conditions listed.”