Plans for care home in Nether Edge rejected

Chelsea Park. Picture: Andrew Roe
Chelsea Park. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Plans to transform a disused care home on the edge of a Sheffield park into a large new property have been refused at a planning meeting.

Architecture firm Haxton Koyander submitted the plans to convert Brincliffe Towers Residential Care Home on the site close to Chelsea Park in Nether Edge, as well as build three new houses and convert the site’s coach house into three mews properties.

But some 35 objections were made and planning officers recommended the application be refused.

Reports to the meeting stated the development was considered ‘detrimental’ as the height of the three additional houses would ‘over-dominate’ the existing Brincliffe Towers. Harm to the surrounding trees, as well as the mix of contemporary and traditional styles, were also cited as problems.

Viv Lockwood, secretary of the Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group, told the meeting he recognised the need to develop Brincliffe Towers before it ‘descended into decay’, but objected to the proposal. He said: “Given the historical and ecological importance of the area, it’s not surprising so many objections have been made.”

Architect Alistair Haxton acknowledged the ‘contentious application’ had become a ‘political hot potato.’

After the meeting, he said: “We are obviously disappointed, however we are quite prepared to see this through and will be making a further application.”