Fresh storm of protest brews over store plan

Scores of residents have made representations to the council over Tesco’s third attempt to open a neighbourhood store in the south-west of Sheffield - with most objecting.

The supermarket giant says it has scaled back the proposed redevelopment of the site of the old Parkhead garage in Ecclesall Road South, near Abbey Lane, and increased car parking to counter previous reasons for refusal.

But since the new plans were submitted, more than 40 local residents have commented on the scheme, almost all of whom are in opposition to the proposed store.

Dr Michael Ward, of Abbey Lane, said the development was ‘unnecessary and inappropriate’.

“Tesco keeps trying to turn this small residential site into a convenience store and it keeps being rejected due to strong local opposition, for several good reasons,” said Dr Ward.

“The amount of deliveries required from lorries onto a small site in a quiet residential area will be disruptive.

“There will not be space for adequate parking, the site is adjacent to a pedestrian crossing and the area already has a perfectly good convenience store immediately opposite.”

Helen Mason, who lives on Knowle Lane, said ‘We do not need Tesco at Parkhead’, while Carol Hull, another Abbey Lane resident, said she was ‘appalled’ by the fresh application from the firm.

“We have plenty of supermarkets in this area already - we do not need or want yet another,” she said.

“We’ve only recently gained our post office back, and we don’t want to lose that.

“I beg you - do not let Tesco have planning permission.”

But among the supporters were William Bramley, of Ecclesall Road South, who said: “Tesco would simply add to the range of things I can buy locally without using my car.

“All the points on parking, traffic, safety and disturbance seem to be addressed by the new application.”

In 2012 the council refused permission for the second time in three years. In particular, it was concerned about delivery lorries disrupting traffic on the main road.

Last time the council ruled out fears for existing shops as a reason for refusal.

Tesco says the latest plans are of a ‘substantially reduced scale’.

Schemes set for approval

An application to put up 34 houses on empty land off Buchanan Road in Parson Cross is expected to be approved by planning committee members next Tuesday.

Proposals to turn a semi-detached house on Toll Bar Drive, Gleadless, into a care home for adults with learning difficulties are also set to be given the green light, despite objections.