Permission granted to build houses in 'beautiful' Sheffield suburb

Councillors have unanimously approved a “considerably improved” homes plan in a “beautiful” suburb of Sheffield.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 4:45 pm

The planning and highways committee gave a green light to proposals for four new two-bed semi detached houses, with two off-street parking spaces per home, at the land to the rear of 32-38 Greenhill Main Road, in Greenhill.

All 10 members of the committee voting agreed with the officers’ recommendation to grant permission with conditions.

Councillor Andrew Sangar said: “I do think this is a much better application than the one that was turned down both by us and the inspectors and I do think it’s a quality design using stone. I think it’s very good news in terms of solar panels.

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Permission has been granted to build houses in Greenhill, Sheffield. Picture: Google Maps

“Clearly it’s a small site, I’m a great believer in conservation areas but even within conservation areas there are more valuable bits and less valuable bits. This is clearly on the edge.

“If this was not in the conservation area I don’t think any of us would have any qualms at all. This is a good compromise.”

Coun Peter Price added: “I think it’s a considerable improvement on the last one which was rejected. I think it merges in much better with the surrounding areas, I think it will add to the area actually.

“I understand people’s worries and concerns when it is a new build on open space but I don’t see any planning reasons at all for objecting it.”

Coun Roger Davison said: “It is a beautiful village is Greenhill and it’s worth preserving.

“These houses are tucked away so they are not actually seen from the main road and it’s unfortunate part of the garden may be overlooked but it’s not unusual in Sheffield and can be mitigated.”

The previously refused scheme proposed five houses in a single terraced block.

Initial plans for four homes received 35 representations, all of which objected.

Plans were then amended and neighbours were re-consulted which resulted in a further 11 objections and a petition with 11 names on, all objecting. It was then slightly amended twice more.

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