Residents on brink of flat plan victory

doreram'Dore residents protesting about proposed  building plans at 135 Dore Road

doreram'Dore residents protesting about proposed building plans at 135 Dore Road

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VILLAGERS are set to emerge victorious after a long campaign to stop plans for 14 flats on the site of a single detached house - after they amassed 1,800 objections.

Sheffield Council planning officers are recommending permission is refused for the scheme at 135 Dore Road, Dore, at a planning board meeting on Monday.

But alternative proposals by developer Metropolitan Homes to renew planning permission to build eight detached homes and garages at the same site have been recommended for approval.

Residents, who began their fight to stop the developments last summer after the plans were lodged with the council, have objected to the flats on the grounds of ‘overdevelopment, traffic safety, garden grabbing, ecology and landscaping’.

The flats are recommended for refusal despite DLP Planning, agents for the developer, having redesigned the proposals to scale-down the size of the two planned blocks.

In a report to councillors on the planning board, council officers said: “Owing to the excessive footprint, scale, bulk and massing of the proposed development, and its overall design, the apartment blocks would represent overdevelopment.”

Planners said the new buildings would be ‘an over-dominant feature, out of scale and character’ with the area.

The plans involve building the apartments in two, three-storey blocks, one with eight flats and one with six, plus a basement floors with car parking.

The redesign had involved including the top two storeys within the eaves, to reduce the height of the buildings.

Objections to the initial design totalled 917 letters - but after changes to the designs, a further 893 letters were sent.

Dore Village Society, Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, Lib Dem Dore and Totley councillor Colin Ross, and former Tory councillor, who lives on Dore Road, supported the objections.

Neighbouring residents said they feared the flats would overlook surrounding homes.

They also complained extra traffic would create a hazard on Dore Road, which is busy but narrow in places, and that the proposed vehicle entrance was on a ‘tight bend’ with limited visibility.

Residents were concerned work would threaten protected trees, bats, barn owls and great crested newts.

An application to extend planning permission for eight houses at 135 Dore Road - granted in 2008 - is to be approved, giving the developer five more years to build them.