By Jake Lane
Sheffield City Council have approved a man’s request to demolish his house and rebuild it three times the size.
The application, which was accepted by the council in yesterday’s Planning and Highways Committee Meeting, sought permission to convert 77 Walden Road from a two story, two bedroom semi-detached house into a six bedroom family home including a basement and roof-space.
Councilor David Baker said: “Personally I’m concerned about what affect this development might have on parking in the area.
“I often drive through that road on my way home, and the way it is at the moment you have to drive through a narrow bit of road between two rows of parked cars, so who knows what it would be like with this construction going on.”
However, residents have sent in a total of 10 letters of support, claiming that there is in fact not a major parking issue on the road, and that the family can easily accommodate their two cars on the proposed double drive without causing any congestion or problem to the neighbours.
The majority of the council was in agreement, and Helen Johnson, Highway Officer for Sheffield City Council, said: “I don’t think that in any sense this can be refused on the basis of one parking space.”
The council agreed that following approval by the Local Planning Authority, construction and demolition works may take place, although only between 8:30am and 6:00pm on Monday to Friday, and between 9:00am and 1:00pm on Saturdays, with no work at all on the site on Sundays or Public Holidays.