Businesses in Kelham Island have raised concerns that a proposed development of almost 100 homes will affect their trade if it goes ahead – while the Environment Agency has objected due to fears of flooding.
The old Richardson’s cutlery site – opposite the Fat Cat Pub and the entrance to Kelham Island Museum – is to be redeveloped with 98 properties ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bed townhouses, along with office space.
The developer, Leeds-based firm Citu, is also behind the £13 million Little Kelham project, and says many of the new properties will be suitable for families.
Planning permission was previously approved for 51 properties on the same site, meaning the new application offers nearly double the number of proposed homes.
Christopher Perry, of Perry, Glossop and Co silversmiths, based at the Globe Steelworks in Alma Street, has lodged an objection.
He said: “I have concerns about how the development will affect my business for the following reasons – access to my workshop premises, and access for parking, deliveries, post and visiting customers.”
Mr Perry added: “The processes that we use to manufacture operate at a high noise level, and my workshop is in a historical building that adds character to the area of Kelham Island. Will the height of the proposed building be detrimental to the area and the existing historical buildings?”
Meanwhile, Margaret Walker, who owns premises occupied by tenant Atkinson-Walker Saws Ltd, on Cotton Mill Row, also raised fears about the impact of industrial noise, and called on developers to properly insulate the new homes.
“In the process of manufacturing circular saws some relatively high noise levels are unavoidable, including an automated process sometimes running through the night.”
The Environment Agency said a risk assessment supplied with the application failed to factor in the need to sign up to its flood warning service.