Former Sheffield fish restaurant could be converted into apartments

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The old Loch Fyne building

Last year, councilors rejected plans to turn former Loch Fyne on Glossop Road into apartments due to the lack of affordable housing.

The Primesite developers appealed and although the inspector was in favor of the project, the appeal was denied because a bat investigation was obsolete.

Now Primesite has resubmitted plans to convert the building to 18 units and to build an expansion with nine more units.

The grade II listed building was originally a row of terraced houses dating from the 1840s and is located in the Hanover Conservation Area.

In 1980 a building permit was granted for a bar and restaurant and Hanrahans became one of the most popular places in the city.

Significant changes were made in 1989 and in 2008 the ground floor became Loch Fyne. The restaurant closed in February 2016 and the building has been vacant since.

Urbana Town Planning says it is a “great shame” that the building has been empty for so long given its historical significance and that it would be a sensible redevelopment.

“Primesite made the decision to appeal and maintained throughout that the project was not financially viable enough to support the provision of an affordable housing contribution.

“The inspector agreed and concluded that the program would in fact make appropriate arrangements for affordable housing and provide new apartments in an accessible location close to local facilities and public transport and positively stimulate the supply of housing.

“The inspector’s report confirmed that the development would put a vacant listed building back into service in a very nice way.

“Significant positive weight should be attributed to the employment opportunities that would be created during construction and the support that future occupants would provide to local facilities and services. “

The appeal was dismissed because a bat activity report had been out of date for two years. An updated survey has now been carried out and a protected species license will need to be granted by Natural England before any work can begin.

Town planners are considering the new demand here


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