Rotherham bungalow could be replaced with eight apartments if controversial plans are given go-ahead

A dormer bungalow on a Rotherham street could be replaced with eight apartments if plans being considered by the council are approved, but concerns have been raised about the impact of the scheme.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 4:52 pm

Residents in St Albans Way, Wickersley, have protested about an increase in traffic which would be generated by creating additional homes and there have also been concerns about the impact on privacy of neighbours.

In total, there have been more than 50 letters raising issues about the proposals.

Objectors have also raised the ecological impact of the proposed changes, with a report to councillors summarising that information: "Until very recently the land in question has many trees and is a haven for wildlife.

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Residents in St Albans Way, Wickersley, have protested about an increase in traffic which would be generated by creating additional homes and there have also been concerns about the impact on privacy of neighbours.

"Birds, bats and squirrels could be seen frequently in the area but, just prior to submitting the planning application for this development some of those trees were felled and ruined the environmental oasis which had existed here."

A report to be considered by the council's planning board recommends the scheme for approval, however.

Officials have examined the implications of the proposals, which would create eight two bedroomed apartments in one block, and believe it is an acceptable development.

It would mean removing an existing bungalow and using a plot of land which opens up behind the narrower frontage for the new building and car parking.

They reject claims the development would lead to unacceptable loss of privacy for neighbours or that the development, or that it is out of keeping with the area, which had been a further complaint.

Planners say the floor space in the apartments is beyond the minimum required, outdoor space is significantly above what is expected and parking for 12 vehicles exceeds the council's minimum expectation.

In addition, they say roads in the area were designed to cope with traffic volumes the new development could create and would not need widening.

Councillors have been recommended to approve the scheme.