The site at 443 – 447 Queens Road, Highfield – which was once a scaffolding supply business – will be demolished and a single storey drive-thru with 20 parking spaces, bike racks and landscaping will be upgraded its place.
The town planning and highways committee approved the plans at a meeting this week, but added a condition to limit trading hours to no later than 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Before the vote Councilor Peter Price said: “I think it will improve the area considerably and I support it because I think it’s a bit dreadful there.”
But not everyone felt the same.
Councilor Brian Holmshaw, who abstained in the vote, said: “It’s tough. I really don’t like the idea of a drive-thru anything. As far as I’m concerned, we don’t want to encourage car use in this city. I think this is an opportunity for a riverside cafe and restroom on a recently opened section of the river where tables, seating and secure bike storage exist along the River Sheaf.”
What do the neighbors think?
There were 67 representations made by members of the public – all objections – including the Sheaf and Porter River Trust, all of the city’s ward councilors and the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.
The majority of respondents had no objection to the principle of redevelopment of the site but they wanted to see measures in place to allow a walk along the river.
After negotiation, the applicant modified the plans to reduce the number of parking spaces and integrate the promenade.
In a report prepared for councilors ahead of the meeting, council officers said: ‘Amended plans have been received which show the introduction of a new walk along the sheaf opening this section of the river to the public. Although the walkway is not proposed to meet Adoptable Standards, its presence will open up and connect a significant section of the Riversheaf Walkway, and is a positive aspect of the proposal. »