Noise fear over garage proposal

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PLANNED changes to use of workshops at a community-run building set up to house small business are causing controversy on a Sheffield housing estate.

Southey and Owlerton Area Regeneration agency has applied for permission for two light industrial workshops at the SOAR Works building, on Knutton Road, Parson Cross, to be used for a vehicle repair business.

The three-storey centre is being built to accommodate new start-up businesses in the area and help boost entrepreneurship. It is currently under construction.

A report to Sheffield Council’s west and north planning board, which will decide whether to grant the proposal at a meeting on Tuesday, said: “Permission is being sought to change two of the ground floor light industrial units into general industrial units.”

One of the units would be used for the vehicle repair business but SOAR wants permission to change use of the second to allow ‘greater flexibility’ in the type of tenants it can house.

But two letters of objection have been made on the grounds of potential extra noise generation - when the site is in close proximity to neighbouring homes.

The applicant has replied that noise would be kept to a minimum as he would be working alone and on one vehicle at a time.

Sheffield Council officers are recommending the change of use is granted - but subject to a restriction in hours when noise is permitted.