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.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 4:45 pm

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.

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St Luke's Church in Lodge Moor

“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.

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