Long-running debate on future of Sheffield cottage to flare again today

Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Sheffield
Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Sheffield

A long-running battle over the future of a historic Sheffield cottage is to flare again today as councillors debate a decision that will lead to it being sold.

In March Sheffield Council’s cabinet agreed that the authority would apply to the Charity Commission with a scheme to sell the 17th century Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Norton Lees, despite many objections.

Local campaigners have fought for years to save the cottage and previously prepared alternative plans to use the site as parkland with a memorial garden.

Opposition councillors ‘called in’ the decision - which means it will be debated at a committee meeting in Sheffield Town Hall this morning.

Barbara Greatorex, treasurer of the Friends of Graves Park, said: “We’re hoping that the council will reconsider and not go for a formal scheme with the Charity Commission and that the cottage won’t be sold.”

The park’s buildings belong to the JG Graves Charitable Trust, of which the council is trustee.

Residents fear the sale will lead to more parts of the park being disposed of and also claim it is in breach of covenants imposed on Graves Park – both of which the council claims is incorrect.

It says money raised will be used to improve Graves Park.

Actions that the scrutiny committee can take include referring the decision back to those who made it, defer a decision until further scrutiny has taken place, or make reccomendations.