Homes proposal for former Sheffield school site

Coun Alan Law
Coun Alan Law

New homes could spring up on the site of a former Sheffield school - with planning officials having worked with residents to reduce objections to the scheme.

Sheffield Council’s planning board has been recommended to approve the project at the old King Ecgbert’s School site in Dore.

The new proposals involve 65 homes, which would replace the former school off Furniss Avenue, Dore, which has been superseded by a new building. The old school has been demolished.

Previous proposals for the site have involved a much larger number of houses, with 106 properties in the first set of plans submitted in 2006.

When the latest scheme was originally drawn up there were seven objections, due to the close proximity of new homes to houses on Bushey Wood Road, loss of green space and traffic.

Dore Village Society said the scheme would ‘damage the character’ of the nearby conservation area and spoil views from other homes.

Sheffield Wildlife Trust also objected because of a lack of native trees and a lack of measures to encourage wildlife, such as landscaping, in the scheme.

But after discussions involving the council, changes have been made making ‘minor adjustments to the layout, principally around Bushey Wood Road’.

Green spaces have been incorporated, with plans for bird and bat boxes.

After the amended proposals the number of objections dropped to three - although Dore Village Society says it ‘confirms its previous objections’.

Other complaints include the height of one of the houses and that six ‘affordable homes’ proposed would be ‘insufficient’.

The scheme has been recommended for approval at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday, which will be chaired by Coun Alan Law.

In their report officers said: “Adequate residential amenity is provided and maintained for new and existing residents.

“The proposals provide a good mix of housing.”

As part of the plans, the developer will have to pay £178,000 towards creating extra school places.