Derelict land in Sheffield which has stood empty for years can be developed into flats after plans were approved.
The corner plot on Springvale Road, Commonside, was previously the subject of controversial proposals for a Tesco, which were eventually rejected after a lengthy process culminating in a public inquiry.
Many residents objected to the store proposal for the former Hollies petrol station – which was knocked down 10 years ago - because of traffic and parking concerns.
Yesterday Sheffield councillors unanimously agreed plans for 12 apartments, basement parking and a landscaped courtyard on the site.
Coun Alan Law said: “There has been controversy around this but but I think this is an example of officers and developers working together to get a sensible solution.”
Coun Peter Price added: “This has got to be better than the Tesco, it is a site that needs clearing up.
“I think it is a good development and it will improve the area.”
And Coun Ibrar Hussain added: “I also welcome the development, the site has been derelict for many years and we’ve had many applications before.”
Ten objections with concerns about the building’s scale and green space were made to the application, while Crookes Coun Geoff Smith said extra traffic was a worry.
Planners said there was acceptable on-street parking to meet demand.
In the meeting they said the building would be made from natural stone and would reflect the character of the area.
Ted Tunnicliffe, from Tatlow Stancer Architects, said afterwards that work by developer Beauchief Homes Limited would start as soon as possible although the date was not known. He stressed the flats would not be let to students and it was a ‘high quality’ development.
He added: “I’m pleased it is not going to be a derelict site any more.”