Plans for new retirement flats in bustling Sheffield suburb are drawing objections from residents and councilors

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The developers want to build 14 two-bedroom apartments with 14 parking spaces on land between 5 and 21 Holmhirst Road in Woodseats.

Self Architects, on behalf of the developers, says a planning application was approved in 2012, but there was Japanese knotweed on the site, which needed to be eradicated before any construction work could take place.

It took several years to remove it, by which time the approval had expired. The developers say that this app is almost exactly the same as the previous one, with some minor changes.

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Residents and councilors have opposed plans to build 14 two-bed flats on Holmhirst Road in Woodseats

But 17 residents objected, along with Graves Park ward councilors Ian Auckland, Sue Auckland and Steve Ayris.

Councilors say the loss of the local wildlife site is unacceptable without meaningful compensation.

A common objection states: “The site has historically provided both ecological and public health benefits to the local community and since 2004 has been part of the Graves Park Beck Local Wildlife Site corridor linking the rare biodiverse green spaces of this urban area.

“The site’s previous use as a shared community garden for growing vegetables is still relevant to the current active interest in local and city-wide food self-sufficiency and green social prescription and improvement of health and mental well-being through connection with nature.

“Our local resident caseload frequently includes incidences of heavy rain runoff falling from the upstream on the west side of Chesterfield Road, including the Holmhirst Road site. We think this has been underestimated.

The developers say there will be considerable areas of landscaping and a number of mature trees will be retained.

“The positioning of the building recognizes the presence of the culvert crossing it. Given the depth of the culvert and the fact that the levels of the lower part of the site will be raised, it would not be viable to open the culvert.

“The trees around the perimeter of the site have been maintained where possible and a new planting in a wooded meadow is proposed.”

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