Sheffield library to be knocked down for new community hub

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A Sheffield library is to be bulldozed and a new community hub built in its place after plans were agreed, despite local concerns about the impact on congested streets.

Woodseats Library will now be knocked down and a facility focused around a medical centre, but incorporating a library as well as a pharmacy, constructed on the site off busy Chesterfield Road.

The council said the plans would ensure that the library, which needs investment, was secured for the future and community facilities will be enhanced, while Woodseats Medical Centre on Cobnar Road needs to expand.

However residents had raised concerns about the potential impact on traffic and parking that would be caused on the already congested surrounding roads.

They also asked questions about the ‘inadequate’ access routes on Linburn Road and Osmaston Road as well as a lack of parking.

The new community hub will have 16 car parking spaces.

Plans were approved last Friday.

Reports to the planning committee said that access to the hub could not be provided directly from Chesterfield Road because the road curves and there is a traffic island and a bus stop in front of the site so it is not considered to be safe.

All facilities to be located in the hub are currently located nearby, so ‘virtually all’ traffic associated with it will already be using the local highway network although there will be some new trips generated.

On-site car parking is to be used by staff and disabled people only which is ‘not ideal’, planners admitted.

But they claimed in the reports that additional on-street car parking will be spread out in the neighbourhood rather than concentrated in just one area.