Developer set to appeal as ‘cramped’ flats plan refused

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FLATS proposed for land designated as ‘amenity space’ behind homes have been rejected.

Sheffield Council’s west and north planning board had been recommended to refuse consent for the scheme behind existing flats on Holme Lane, near Hillsborough Corner.

Planning officers said the scheme for four new properties in a single block, would ‘constitute over-development’ of the site – despite there being no objections to the scheme, while two neighbours sent letters supporing it.

One neighbour, Rob Adamson, said: “There is no national definition of accepted private amenity space.

“The development will provide newly-built, superior quality accommodation at reasonable rental cost.”

Developer James Holmes, who also owns the existing flats, said: “Few blocks of flats have as much back space as these. The land is not used.”

However, Coun Bob McCann said: “On a site visit we saw the spaces was full of building material. You wouldn’t have a barbecue on a building site.”

Councillors said the site should be used as amenity space for residents of the existing properties.

Mr Holmes said: “I will appeal against the decision.”