Sheffield church to build extension after councillors approve plans
A Sheffield church has been given the go-ahead to build an extension but needs to work with the community on a sustainable travel plan following concerns.
St Luke’s Church, on Blackbrook Road and Blackbrook Drive, at Lodge Moor, was granted planning permission to create a side extension for a small chapel at the ground floor with an extra meeting room above, a front extension to accommodate a cafe and internal works designed to improve the flexibility of the space.
The council’s planning and highways committee voted in favour of the scheme at a meeting this week.
Councillor Andrew Sangar said: “Clearly St Luke’s is a very successful church and as we have already heard, it reaches out to the community and its community rooms are very well used. It’s fairly unusual that a faith building wants to expand because they have extra users so I think that is a real positive.
“Overall I welcome the application, it’s a really successful church and community building and this will make it more successful.”
Councillor Jayne Dunn, chair of the committee, added: “I agree it’s been well needed, more community buildings.”
The unanimous decision supported an officer’s recommendation to approve with conditions.
A travel directive was also voted for, for the community to work with together on a sustainable travel plan.
This followed 18 letters of objection and two petitions against the plans with a total of 71 signatures. There was just one letter of support from the public.
Concerns raised included privacy, parking, traffic and road safety.