Plans to knock down ‘the last filling station’ on a way out of Sheffield and replace it with a small retail store are set to be approved – despite objections.
Residents fear the proposals for the station on Manchester Road, Crosspool, will cause extra traffic and noise and affect parking and highways safety. Others said local independent traders could lose out and the store was not needed.
Two petitions have been submitted to Sheffield Council, the planning authority, opposing the scheme – from residents and former Liberal Democrat councillor Shaffaq Mohammed.
A report to councillors ahead of a meeting next week to decide on the scheme says one objection was: ‘This is the last filling station on the A57 before Glossop so it will be an inconvenience to motorists.’
Another was: “This is one of the few areas in the city without a large national store.”
In their report, council planning officers say the nine car parking spaces planned for the store would usually be sufficient and disruption to traffic flow was ‘unlikely’ as many vehicles already used the petrol station.
Concerns about arrangements for delivery vehicles had let to plans being amended so they will not park on Manchester Road.
The report says applicant EdgePlan has demonstrated there would be ‘no harm’ to the existing neighbourhood centre and policies deem petrol stations are not appropriate for areas of housing.
It is not yet known which operator will run the store, likely to sell groceries and other everyday items.
The plans are recommended for conditional approval at the meeting on Tuesday.