Apartments planned under shop revamp

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Plans to expand a Sheffield convenience store and build new apartments have been submitted to the council- but the application has run into opposition from neighbours.

Proposals have been made to demolish the existing Carterknowle Food and Wine shop, on Carter Knowle Road, and put up a new building offering more floor space, as well as three two-bedroom apartments on the first floor, garages and outside terraces for residents.

Sheffield firm Tatlow Stancer Architects, which is designing the scheme, says the current shop is ‘under-sized’ and that the revamp will make the business more viable.

But already concerns have been expressed about the development.

Ashley Ramsay, of nearby Springfield Road, said the proposals would impact on parking and harm surrounding businesses.

“The new garages underneath the new building will surely require 24-hour access therefore reducing the car parking outside the shop,” said Mr Ramsay.

“With the new shop being three times larger than the existing store surely extra car parking will be needed not less.”

He added: “This is a vital to the well being of all the shops in the vicinity because at busy times the car parking is already difficult so any reduction in car parking would damage all the surrounding businesses.”

In a report to planners, the architects said the shop stands on an ‘important corner of the residential area’, where Carter Knowle Road meets Montrose Road.

“The existing building does little to promote this corner position,” the firm said.

“It is a flat roofed single story concrete building, fairly unappealing, without a parapet.

“The shop is well used, but a bit undersized to offer a decent rage and for overall viability.”

The report says planners have indicated the development is ‘acceptable’, but made a series of observations.

More height will now be added at the corner of the building, along with extra glazing to the shop front, more brick detailing and an off-street entrance for the apartments.

“All these apartments have large window areas to the open plan kitchen, dining and living areas,” said the architects.

Two of the apartments would have outside terraces on the lower roof of the building.

Each apartment has a dedicated garage in the lower ground floor off Montrose Avenue, doubling as storage space for bicycles.

Environmentally-friendly measures such as LED lighting will be used and rooftop solar panels are being considered.