Sheffield church hall flats set for approval

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Plans to build apartments in place of two disused church halls at a site in Sheffield look set to be given the go-ahead, despite protests from residents.

Developers want to put up a two-storey building with six apartments on Norton Lane, Norton, close to St James’ Church. Last year an application for the same number of flats was turned down by the planning committee, but the new amended designs include more parking.

Twelve neighbours have objected to Sheffield Council, raising concerns such as traffic problems on Norton Lane, the loss of trees and hedges, and the height of the proposed block of flats.

One resident said: “The proposed building is too high, and will set a precedent to other properties in the neighbourhood.”

Another added: “The application is inspired by profit, at the expense of the community and environment.”

Local Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Auckland has also objected, saying: “The proposal does not provide adequate living accommodation and amenities for occupants.”

Coun Auckland said the development will also ‘harm the setting’ of the listed church and Old Rectory.

But a report to the planning committee said: “The previous application was refused due to insufficient parking, and the current application is considered to address these issues.

“The apartment block would be considered to avoid having a detrimental impact. The scheme is considered acceptable.”

A decision on whether to grant permission will be made at a planning meeting on Wednesday.