Plan revived for homes near park

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Plans to turn a former care home into houses on the edge of a park in Nether Edge have been revived.

Last year proposals to refurbish Brincliffe Towers, near Chelsea Park, and create four detached family homes in the gardens were withdrawn to address concerns raised by scores of objectors.

But under fresh plans submitted to Sheffield Council, the building’s owners propose demolishing a 1950s extension, converting the old nursing home into a single house, building three new homes and converting the site’s coach house into three apartments.

A statement to the council by architect Haxton Koyander, on behalf of owner Singh Sall, said the plans would be ‘sympathetic to the surrounding area’.

However, residents have already objected on conservation and parking grounds.

An action group was set up to fight the previous plans.

David Bower, who lives on Chelsea Road, said: “The Brincliffe Tower and Chelsea Parkland were a gift to the city of Sheffield and its people for community use.

“This commercial housing development does not abide by these community gift rules and should not therefore be developed for private gain and profit.”

But the statement said: “The proposal is utilising a piece of land that is currently in a poor state of repair, is overgrown and treated with little respect by youths who utilise it as a piece of scrubland or dumping ground.

“The proposal will provide much-needed housing stock sympathetic to the area.”

The homes would have ‘little effect on neighbouring dwellings’ and ‘will not overlook’ other properties.

“The proposal makes a significant improvement to the visual appearance of the site,” the statement said.

Planning officers will prepare a report before a decision is made.