Plans to build three houses in front garden of Sheffield home approved despite objections

Three houses will be built in the front garden of a home after councillors unanimously agreed the plans.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 8:56 am

The development on land at 27 Cawthorne Grove, Woodseats, can go ahead after it was scaled down from four properties to three.

Yvonne Colverson, speaking on behalf of neighbours, told the planning committee about residents’ objections.

“Firstly, allowing the development of three properties on what is a very small piece of land would certainly be an overdevelopment, they would be three or four bedroom townhouses presumably family homes, with virtually no usable outdoors.

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Artist's impression of the Cawthorne Grove development (image Cadenza)

“It would set a precedent for all the homeowners on the north side of Cawthorne Grove to build at the bottom of their gardens, in essence, doubling the amount of houses on what is a small side road.

“Secondly, we’ve already got double parking, parking on the pavements is the norm and larger vehicles struggle to get through.

“The heavy vehicles needing to access the site during the build process will render the road unpassable to residents and we would have to find alternative parking in nearby streets.

“My husband and our next door neighbour are both blue badge holders and to leave them without vehicle access to their homes is absolutely unacceptable.”

Councillors said officers had made a good compromise with developers to scale down the development and there were no planning grounds to refuse it.

They made a directive that access should be kept clear during building work for blue badge holders.