Protest as private club plans emerge

Proposals to remodel part of the old Polish Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Dover Road, off Ecclesall Road, for a private members’ club could be approved next Tuesday, despite community objections.

Council permission is being sought to demolish a single storey extension at the back and to build a new one at the side in preparation for the opening of Java Joe.

Planners support the application: “The remodelling of the forecourt, provision of a dedicated pedestrian entrance and the refurbishment of the original villa in tandem with the new build element should result in a positive addition to the street scene.”

But opposition has come from the Botanical Area Community Association, local councillors, Sheffield Green Party and individuals. Concerns include noise, parking and the impact on the character of the area.