Garage site housing plan

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OWNERS of an ‘eyesore’ Sheffield garage have submitted a planning application for the site to be turned into 12 new houses.

Twigg Brothers are seeking consent for the development at their site on Toyne Street, Crookes and the scheme is recommended for approval by planning officers.

Sheffield Council’s west and north planning board will consider the application at a meeting on Tuesday. The new homes would have seven parking spaces and landscaped grounds.

Sheffield Council has received 12 letters from neighbours who are ‘not objecting to redevelopment of the site as at present it is an eyesore’.

But residents are concerned about siting of windows on the new houses, loss of trees and ‘insufficient parking’.

One neighbour said: “Twelve dwellings will attract at least 12 cars. Parking is already difficult in the locality and this proposal would make it worse.”

The homes would be built in two blocks, one fronting Toyne Street and the other facing neighbouring Newbury Street.

Twigg Brothers said the application is speculative. If the plans are granted, the business would continue but would be based at the company’s second depot in Neepsend.

The same planning board meeting will also decide on controversial plans to convert a retail unit in Hillsborough into a betting shop.

Some 16 objections have been made to Sheffield Council about the scheme for the Fireplace Shop, on Langsett Road, Hillsborough Corner.

Protesters said there are already three bookies in the district and that ‘there is no need for another’. People objecting to the scheme fear the bookmaker’s will attract anti-social behaviour.

But officials have recommended approval saying the objections are not ‘sufficient or reasonable planning grounds’ for rejection.

A further application before the board involves detailed plans for 12 homes to the rear of land on Hanson Road, Loxley.

The council has received 26 objections about traffic, noise and congestion.

Neighbours also fear the new houses would be ‘excessively’ high and ‘overbearing’ for people living nearby.

Outline permission has already been granted.