Seven-bed home plan for former pub is approved

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PLANS to convert a landmark former Sheffield pub into a seven-bedroom house have been approved.

Members of Sheffield Council’s west and north planning board voted in favour of the proposals for the former Bell Hagg Inn, on Manchester Road between Crosspool and Rivelin.

The project involves demolishing the single-storey frontage to Manchester Road and replacing it with a smaller entrance lobby, while a new glazed link will be created between the two main buildings, which are to have extra windows and rooflights.

Loxley Valley Protection Society objected because of impact of the extended building on the green belt.

Councillors on the planning board heard the overall size of buildings on the site would be 23 per cent larger.

But the concerns were outweighed by the benefit of bringing the building back into use after several years of dereliction, the board heard.

Consent was granted on condition the owners’ permitted rights for future small-scale alterations without planning permission were removed.

n Councillors also approved planned changes to allow workshops at a new community-run building on a Sheffield housing estate to be used by general industry.

The planning permission is for two units at the SOAR Works building, on Knutton Road, Parson Cross.

The building, which opens in September, is to house dozens of small businesses from around the area.

Southey and Owlerton Area Regeneration - SOAR - the charity which will run the building, is to let one of the affected units for a vehicle maintenance business.

A small number of nearby residents had objected due to potential for noise.

But SOAR said the site’s previous use as a council depot would have created more noise and that the new building is soundproofed.