Consider legacy for future generations

From: The Ranmoor Preservation Society

Sheffield

It is not incumbent upon Professor Fawcett (Telegraph Letters, April 19) to dictate to residents, who have chosen to live in the Conservation area of Ranmoor and all that encompasses, that they should now embrace buildings in the spirit of the modern times in the epicentre of the Conservation area.

Yes, it would be costly for the applicant to replicate their neighbours Victorian homes, with the proper stone detailing and slate predominant in the area, rather than the cheap build of reconstituted stone-which is in effect concrete, together with what looks like imported slate.

Surely cost should not be a consideration when it comes to planning? We cannot accept inferior builds with inferior building materials in a Conservation area simply because it is considered too expensive to build in appropriate materials using the highly skilled artisan workforce which would be required.

A good build, surely, is the new house on Riverdale Road, which has been built in the traditional style with traditional materials and has to be pointed out to people, as it sits so comfortably in its surroundings.

This surely should set a precedent for new builds in the Conservation area. Why should we have to accept inferior builds with inferior materials masked as “modernist”as in the proposal for 90 Ranmoor Road?

If we accept this, then what legacy are we leaving for future generations - assuming that it would still be standing of course!

I should like to know what the Professor considers to be imaginative about a straight lined, flat-roofed shoe box like 70s design, on a south facing plot.

The proposed build has a horizontal emphasis which is not apparent in the rest of the Conservation area.

The character of the Conservation area of Ranmoor is that of strong buildings, this one is weak.

It does not appear, from the design statement submitted, that the architect, Studio Gedye, has given any environmental consideration to the new build.

Initially it was thought that perhaps the flat roof which is not in keeping with the surrounding area, may have been planted as a “Green roof” which would be of its time in a modern build, but it would appear not. The only nod towards improving the environmental impact would appear to be double glazed windows-hardly a fact to be applauded, even by a lay person’s standards!

The artist’s impression given by Studio Gedye also appears to have omitted any provision for drainage, soil stacks, outlets for omissions from central heating systems etc.some of which can be disguised by chimney stacks on the traditional houses predominant in the area-but not in this case.

It is to be hoped that the planning department and those associated with them in the council are not swayed and have not had their egos massaged sufficiently by the sycophantic comments made by the Professor about “progressive Development Control Officers” into granting permission for this highly controversial and inappropriate build in a Conservation area with predominantly Victorian houses.

It would be a sad day if we were forced to accept this type of build as mainstream rather than progressive, as suggested by the Professor, especially in a Conservation area which is supposed to be protected.....

After all Ranmoor Conservation area is for all to enjoy, not just the residents.

This proposal is due to go to committee on May 8 at Sheffield town Hall at 14.00-all are welcome to attend.

Let’s hope that common sense prevails and the committee vote against granting permission for the proposal at 90 Ranmoor Road.(Planning reference: 12/00159/Ful )

Please note that your comments are welcome on the following blogspot: theranmoorpreservationsociety.blogspot.co.uk

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