Sheffield Council will defend controversial decision to knock down city shops

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Sheffield Council will defend its controversial decision to approve plans to knock down independent shops if a legal challenge comes to fruition, a councillor has said.

The plans to demolish units on Devonshire Street for flats, a restaurant and a shop were agreed earlier this year despite massive protests including the biggest petition of objections ever received by the authority.

There is a now a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the costs of a judicial review.

When asked if the council would defend its decision, Coun Jayne Dunn, new cabinet member for housing, said: “We are completely confident in our process - that’s why we wouldn’t not defend it.

“If we didn’t defend our position it would be like going to court without a defence.”