Protests over scheme for shop on site of old church

Residents are objecting to a proposed shop on the site of a former Sheffield church, which they fear will be a chain supermarket, hitting existing businesses and causing traffic problems.

A 33-name petition and 23 individual objections have been lodged with the council in response to a suggested single storey building at the corner of Sharrow Lane and South View Road where St John’s Church has been demolished.

The application is for an unspecified retail unit with eight parking spaces. A similar request was withdrawn last March amid community opposition.

Objectors say Sharrow and Nether Edge is well served by independent shops and a chain supermarket would generate no community benefits. Concerns are also being raised about traffic congestion and road safety.

But planners say it would be a small, well designed shop that would improve the appearance of a location that complies with retail guidelines. Councillors decide on Tuesday.