Eco-home set to replace derelict country club as Mike wins support

Mike Haver outside the derelict Pinegrove Country Club
Mike Haver outside the derelict Pinegrove Country Club
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PLANS to replace a derelict country club in Sheffield’s green belt with an eco-friendly family home look like being given the go-ahead next week.

Local businessman Mike Haver has won community and council support for his scheme for the site of Pinegrove Country Club at Stannington, which was closed in 2004, and was badly damaged by fire soon afterwards.

Councillors will be advised on Tuesday to grant permission for a five-bedroom house in the Loxley Valley for Mr Haver, his wife, Meg, and her mother, Dorothy.

Planning officers say the proposed redevelopment will remove a “derelict and unkempt” site with a “significantly smaller” building that would reflect the character of the area and increase the openness of the green belt. Important trees would be retained and woodland would be managed.

Two local environment groups, who scrutinise any proposed development in the valley, are giving their support, while asking for certain conditions to be observed.

Loxley Valley Protection Society says the scheme would remove a longstanding eyesore, while Loxley Valley Design Statement Group says it is an admirable solution to a problematic site. Backing has also come from the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The application from Mr Haver, who runs a building maintenance business, contrasts with one from a developer for 58 homes that was rejected by the council eight years ago, with the Government upholding the verdict on appeal.

Mr Haver has bought the land, off Myers Grove Lane, and is aiming to build a large property, including a swimming pool and a pottery studio, and to create a walled garden so the family can grow most of their own food.

Rainwater would be used for the swimming pool, garden irrigation, washing machines and toilets and the home would have ‘green’ insulation and be heated by either solar power or a log-burning boiler, with logs from woodland.