Sheffield pub’s car park plans rejected

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Plans to turn a Sheffield pub car park into an outside seating area for customers have been turned down.

Around 27 residents objected to the plans for the Robin Hood Hotel on Millhouses Lane because they feared the move would force customers to use already limited parking nearby, affecting them and local traders.

Councillors voted against the plans submitted by Ember Inns - despite a recommendation to approve being made by council officers – following an hour-long debate.

They decided to add extra weight to a planning condition from alterations approved in 2001, which said parking facilities must be retained.

Residents also expressed concerns about a ‘jumberella’ parasol which would cover the seating area and, they feared, ruin views.

They also had worries about the increase in noise caused by customers.

One resident, Peter Brown, told the committee there had been an ‘erosion of car parking in Millhouses over the last 30 years’ due to restrictions and a one-way system.

He said drivers were already using his street, Marriott Road, where residents have to pay for the upkeep of the street.

But some councillors questioned whether traders would need the parking spaces as people would go to the pub later in the day.

Two disabled parking spaces would have been retained.

Two councillors voted in favour of the plans and ten against.

Coun Alan Laws, committee chairman, said it was a ‘finely balanced’ decision.