Triumph as controversial flats plan is thrown out

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CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating a ‘victory for common sense’ after controversial plans for 14 apartments on the site of a single detached house were rejected.

The scheme at 135 Dore Road in Dore, which amassed 2,000 objections in a long campaign, was unanimously voted out at a Sheffield Council planning meeting yesterday.

A separate application to extend existing planning permission for eight houses on the same site, an alternative proposal from developer Metropolitan Homes, was approved despite opposition.

Residents who fought the flats plans feared they would overlook their homes, be out of character for the area and cause traffic problems among other concerns.

Aubrey Read, of Dore Road, told the meeting the flats would be nine metres from his house.

He said afterwards: “To see the vote against the flats is a victory for common sense.”

Dore Conservation Group and Dore Village Society worked together on the campaign.

Campaigners thanked villagers and Dore and Totley Coun Colin Ross for support.