New homes plan for former Def Leppard venue set to get the green light

Def Leppard performing in Sheffield
Def Leppard performing in Sheffield
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Part of a former club which is most famed as the early stomping ground of Sheffield rock legends Def Leppard looks set for a more sedate future.

The once popular Dial House Club, in Far Lane, finally closed its doors in 2005 due to financial difficulties and fire damage and the original Dial House was later converted into three cottages.

Surrounding land was also developed and is now known as Dial House Court.

But the club's former carpark and bowling green has remained undeveloped and now looks set to be built on.

Developers have submitted an application to Sheffield City Council to build three four-bedroom homes on the site, as well as a complex of three flats, which is recommended for conditional approval.

An earlier application for the site, made in 2006 to build 32 flats, was granted on appeal but never came to fruition.

As part of the 2006 application it was ordered that developers agreed to restore the former bowling green for public use.

But if the latest application is given the green light, the developers with pay £53,415.63 towards local sports and leisure provision instead.

A report by planning officials at the council states: "The new bowling green and pavilion has not been provided and the application site has stood vacant and unused for a number of years with no public access.

"The applicants have indicated that there is a lack of demand for a bowling green and pavilion on the site and in lieu of providing the facilities are proposing to make a section 106 contribution towards the enhancement of sports, recreation and leisure facilities in the area."

Officers are also recommending that, If the application is approved, a series of land contamination tests are undertaken to "ensure that future residents are protected from potential contamination and ground gas."

The club first opened in 1927 and became a popular music venue through the 1960s and 70s, Sheffield’s best known talents played there, including Tony Christie, Dave Berry, Joe Cocker, Marti Caine, Bobby Knutt.

The application is set to be considered by Sheffield City Council's planning and highways committee on Tuesday, April 10.