Three new houses ‘not needed’ claim protesters

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PLANS to build three houses in the garden of an existing property are causing controversy in Sheffield.

A joint objection has been made by 12 people to the scheme at an address on Wortley Road, High Green, which is recommended for refusal by councillors at a meeting of the Sheffield Council west and north planning board tomorrow.

A further 13 individual letters of opposition have also been sent.

Protesters say the property is the subject of a restrictive covenant which restricts development, that the site is at the edge of the village bordering the green belt, it contains 70 mature trees and the proposals are ‘out of keeping’ with the area.

Objections include fears about extra traffic and parking. Objectors add there is no need for the development because two new-build houses on the other side of the road are still up for sale.

The application is for outline planning permission for three homes.

Planning officers recommend refusal because the new homes would ‘break an existing building line and detract from the open character of the area’ and that there is insufficient parking, which would lead to more on-street parking risking road safety.

The same meeting will consider a planning application for a wind turbine at Avis Royd, Hunshelf Road, near Stocksbridge, which is recommended for approval. The structure would be 25m high, including blades, and supply power to Avis Royd Farm.

Neither Barnsley Council nor the Peak District National Park Authority have objected although Hunshelf Parish Council has – due to potential noise nuisance and visual impact. Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith said she was also ‘concerned’.