School housing plans approved

Coun Alan Law
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Housing plans for an old Sheffield school site have been approved – despite concerns over parking and affordable housing.

Queries were raised by councillors at a Sheffield Council planning committee meeting about the proposals for the former King Ecgbert School site off Furniss Avenue, Dore.

Concerns focused on lack of parking for people using the school’s former sports fields for football matches at weekends, when several dozen cars can be parked on Furniss Avenue at present.

Councillors were also unhappy about how plans to create affordable housing as part of the scheme involved ‘buying back’ old council houses in places such as Totley and Fulwood.

Coun Andrew Sangar, planning committee member and Liberal Democrat councillor for Fulwood, said: “I would question how far away the affordable houses are being created and whether the people of Dore would see any benefit.”

But planning officers said the move would mean more affordable homes - six - created than if new ones were to be built in Dore as part of the development.

Planning officer Chris Heeley said: “It was felt to be the best way to provide the most affordable houses.”

Mr Heeley added the decision not to include parking for the playing fields in the development plan was because the spaces would be heavily-used only once a week.

There were three objections from residents and Dore Village Society due to the scale of the proposed scheme. But council planning officers said the density was lower than expected.

The committee, chaired by Coun Alan Law, approved the proposals, submitted by Sheffield Council, which will now find a private developer for the scheme.

■ The planning committee deferred discussing plans to approve possible legal action against the owners of the former Sheffield Ski Village to force them to clear up fly-tipping.

Coun Law said: “Discussions are now taking place between council officials and the owners to achieve a solution to the problem.”