Highways maintenance depot improvements plan

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SHEFFIELD’S Olive Grove highways maintenance depot is set for a revamp after the service was transferred from the city council to private operator Amey.

The Spanish-owned firm is applying for planning permission to ‘reorganise’ the site to create a second barn for storage of gritting salt, and alter buildings, gates, walls and parking.

The proposals have been submitted to Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board, which meets on Monday, and are recommended for approval.

The plans have resulted in five letters of objection from surrounding residents, who are concerned about extra noise, air pollution, traffic, and dust .

One said: “The operation should be in an industrial area not residential.”

People living in the area were also concerned about the ‘over dominance’ of the extra salt barn and proposals to double the height of an office building from one to two storeys.

Sheffield Council planning officers said the maintenance site was long-established.

Recommending approval, they said: “The design and layout of the proposal is considered to be acceptable and there would be no harmful impact on the amenities of residents.

“The design of buildings is considered to be functional rather than of good quality but this is acceptable in the context of the existing appearance and impact.

“There will be additional vehicle movements in association with the increased numbers of staff and activity but the existing accesses will be able to accommodate extra demand. The application is acceptable.”