Stage is set for second battle over supermarket scheme

High Green Sainbury's Protest , at The Old Cart And Horse, With David Pepper, & Gary Wetherall
High Green Sainbury's Protest , at The Old Cart And Horse, With David Pepper, & Gary Wetherall
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Objectors to the proposed replacement of an old Sheffield pub with a Sainsbury’s supermarket are gearing up for a second battle.

They persuaded city councillors last April to reject a scheme to demolish the Old Cart and Horses Inn in High Green to make way for one of Sainsbury’s ‘Local’ stores.

Now, following an appeal, the arguments for and against will be heard by a Government planning inspector.

Protesters against the plans for the site included pupils of nearby High Green Primary School who warned of traffic problems along Wortley Road being made worse and the impact on the character of the area if a 200-year-old building was lost.

Councillors accepted the case after also coming under pressure from a 597-name petition and Ecclesfield Parish Council.

However, Sainsbury’s will be able to point to the city council rejecting the professional advice of their officers, who had concluded there would be no major problems if a supermarket - alongside a proposed fish and chip shop - replaced the building, which is currently being used as a Chinese restaurant.

Garry Weatherall, a city and parish councillor, said lorries would block the road and have to reverse over a pavement to make deliveries to the supermarket. The impact on traffic was “totally unacceptable”, he said.

“Hopefully the Government inspector will back us up on this.”

Already Wortley Road was very congested, and a 20 mph zone was being introduced on side roads.

No date has been set for the appeal, which will either been a public inquiry or a more informal public hearing.