[This agenda was last updated on 2016-01-26 by JP.]

Agenda for the Conservation meeting of

2016-01-26 at 19:00 in The Stocks

A.    Chair: Mr Ian Deans

B.    Attendance and Apologies:

C.    (The minutes of the previous meeting are still in handwritten note form, and there isn't much time to prepare them in full, but I will try and print out a list of headings for the meeting - JP)

D.    Agenda Items:

1. PC Archive: Steering Gp (ID)
                       Data Sub Gp, approval of our text to go on the Archive Web Site (JP)

2. Possible visit to National Coalmining Museum, Wakefield (ID)

3. Survey update (JP)

4. Smithy Wood update (ID)

5. Cabinet in the Community event High Green 17/2/16(ID)

6. Any comments or actions needed following the Christmas Tree and its grant application.


X.    Planning Applications (See the last section of this agenda).

Y.    Any questions or comments on the Communications, Information, or Issues sections below; or any other business.

Z.     Dates of next meeting [e.g. 23rd Feb ]

Notes to the Agenda Items

1. Just click on www.ecclesfield-district-archives.com to see and check the Parish Archive. Christine Handley has prepared two pages of comments for a web site update, but might be still interested in anything else people might have to say.
-   Christine Handley has another informal session in Ecclesfield Library at 3pm on Wednesday 27th January. If anybody is interested, just go to the table at the back of the library.

-   There is a meeting on the web site on 11th Feb at St. John's centre if anybody wants to go.

-   The first session at Thorncliffe to start scanning their images is on 23rd Feb.

-   There is also a visit to Stocksbridge History Group resource room at (probably) 10:30am on 25th February. Christine Handley needs to know numbers to arrange possible car-sharing.

-   Potential dates for "introductory training days" are 27th Feb; 5th March and 19th March. Christine Handley wants our preferred dates.

4. The Telegraph carried a picture of the latest Smithy Wood protest ... 

Enable pictures to see the Smithy Wood Protest

... saying that the Council were still "working to address concerns". See Planning Applications below for the information on alternative sites submitted by the applicant.

5. A photograph appeared, (but not yet, I think, any minutes ) on the Cabinet in the community event at PACES campus, high green ...  Enable pictures to see the Cabinet in the Community Event

7. This year’s Christmas Tree and carol singing (in St. Mary's Church) was a success, with Angela Marsden for the parks group crediting everybody who had contributed, including ourselves who had obtained the grant for the tree.

X. See the retrospective planning application for Pinks current signage.

-   Also, Following our discussion last year, of the Sheffield City Council's "Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment", SCC's report lists as being suitable for later development ...

Site Ref Site Address Settlement Gross Site Area (ha) Total Remaining Capacity 2021/22 to 2025/26 After 2025/26

Loicher Lane, Ecclesfield








G Fishers Transport Yard, Green Lane, Ecclesfield







Communications Received

* We received details of a petition against fracking in Barnsley.

Information watch

The items in this section will not be gone through one by one, but can be discussed in any other business if any member wishes to bring them up.

* Members may want to consider signing the petition against cutting down mature trees at https://sheffield.moderngov.co.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=151&RPID=1004026&HPID=1004026

*There is a free workshop by Professor's Mel ones and Ian Rotherham, and Christine Handley on investigating & surveying ancient woodlands, their archaeology, and documentation on Tuesday 2nd Feb, 9:45- 4:20. I don't know how many places are left, but see  http://www.yorwoods.org.uk/files/2015/12/Archaeology-Flyer.pdf. There is a more complete list of Grenoside Reading Room events at http://www.ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk/z_EVENTS%20FOLDER/2016%20DATES%20FOR%20READING%20ROOM%20TALKS.pdf

*There is a new library events page at www.ecclesfieldlibrary.co.uk/events, with lots of new paid and free library events on it. Paid events include a SugarCraft demonstration (Tickets £5 from the library), and Writing for Wellbeing £25 (email contact enable pictures to see contact details writing for well being enable pictures to see contact detailsco enable pictures to see contact detailsuk). There are also some free "taster" sessions by Kinetic in reflexology and mindfulness, plus talks on acupuncture and diet. If anybody is interested in these, just go to the library after 12:00 on Tuesday 16th February.
* The star reported on a proposed £2 million pound flood alleviation scheme for Blackburn Brook.


Issues from previous minutes

If any members can help, or want to bring any of the following up for any other reason, they can do so in any other business.


*     Our archive is not back yet. The necessary updates are proving harder to get going than I expected, but are still being worked on.


*     Our Joint Survey is priority, but we still need to decide on the question(s) we want to ask.


*     Designs for the pop-up banners are in progress, and JP is working on the text discussed at the last meeting, and on indications from a meeting with ID on the graphics.


*      We have a fireproof trunk for storing archive material. Members might prefer a more generally accessible location if one can be found [As well as perhaps other things such as our Gazebo].


*      We still have plans to survey major trees within the Conservation Area (we have just lost two major trees from the land between St Mary’s Lane and Ecclesfield Park).


*      We are still encouraging Sheffield City Council to proceed with their project to get their alcohol licensing system on-line so that everybody can see the opening times etc. which apply to each of the premises in the area. Meanwhile, we are continuing to check their manual list of licence applications.

New planning applications

The following planning applications were found by searching for Ward = “East Ecclesfield”, Parish = Ecclesfield Parish Council”, postcodes S35 9?? and S35 1TE, validated from 23 Nov 2015 to 26 January 2016.

[The contents of brackets and italics are my interpretation - usually made after only briefly scanning the documents.]

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Single-storey rear extension to dwellinghouse - the extension is 6.5m from the rear of the original dwellinghouse, no more than 3.3m in height (due to the glazed lanterns) height of the eaves is 3m (flat roof extension)
245 The Wheel Sheffield S35 9ZA
Ref. No: 16/00244/HPN | Received: Wed 20 Jan 2016 | Validated: Thu 21 Jan 2016 | Status: Pending Consideration
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Single-storey rear extension - the extension is 3.5 metres from the rear of the original dwellinghouse, ridge height no more than 3.0 metres and height to the eaves of 3.0 metres
13 Cross Hill Sheffield S35 9WR
Ref. No: 16/00039/HPN | Received: Tue 05 Jan 2016 | Validated: Mon 11 Jan 2016 | Status: Pending Consideration

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Single-storey rear ground floor extension to laundry
Nightingales Residential Care Home Nether Lane Sheffield S35 9ZX
Ref. No: 15/04661/FUL | Received: Wed 23 Dec 2015 | Validated: Fri 08 Jan 2016 | Status: Pending Consideration

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Single-storey rear extension to dwellinghouse
223 The Wheel Sheffield S35 9ZA
Ref. No: 15/04453/FUL | Received: Tue 08 Dec 2015 | Validated: Tue 08 Dec 2015 | Status: Granted Conditionally

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Reconstruction of a footbridge (Application for determination if approval required for siting and design)
Butterthwaite Lane Sheffield S35 9WA
Ref. No: 15/04427/PNR | Received: Wed 02 Dec 2015 | Validated: Mon 07 Dec 2015 | Status: Grant Prior Notification

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Application to approve details in relation to condition number 17 (10% Energy) of planning permission 14/03411/FUL
6 Hydra Business Park Nether Lane Sheffield S35 9ZX
Ref. No: 14/03411/COND3 | Received: Wed 25 Nov 2015 | Validated: Mon 30 Nov 2015 | Status: Condition application decided

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3x non-illuminated facia signs
1 Priory Road Ecclesfield Sheffield S35 9XY
Ref. No: 15/04214/ADV | Received: Thu 19 Nov 2015 | Validated: Wed 25 Nov 2015 | Status: Pending Decision

[2016-01-26 This is a retrospective application for the current state of the signage, which is shown in our photograph below....

Enable pictures to see Pinks New Sign

In deciding their reaction, members may want to take into account...

  1. Although we registered an objection to the previous sign, this application states that...
    conservation group would support the application"
    In fact, we have not registered any such support, and no such support is showing on SCC's web site.
  2. Although this is a retrospective application, the (20th Nov) photographs submitted to the council appear to be old ones on which an approximation of the new sign has been pasted. For instance, both the main pinks HOMES lettering and the "house" logo in the sign submitted for approval are flat, whereas the lettering in the actual sign are raised. Also, the corner sign submitted, lacks a border, whereas the actual sign has a border. This does not imply that raised text is bad, or even that one version is better than the other, but does indicate that it might be worthwhile checking for other errors in the application.
  3. One area where such an error may exist is in checking that the total area of all the signs displayed does not exceed (perhaps drastically), that which is allowed under advertising (as opposed to planning) regulations for a shop with one entrance. 
  4. The application states that he has not consulted his neighbours or the community about the proposal.
  5. Neither the local, nor the overall site (25th Nov) location plans list the church grounds, or show St. Mary's Church, even though they are directly opposite the rather narrow Priory Road. This would seem to imply that either the plans were drawn up without taking this grade 1 listed building into account, or the applicant knows that the Church's proximity could make the application unacceptable.

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Previous planning applications, still pending

Application to approve details in relation to Condition No. 3 (cycle parking) ; relating to planning permission no.15/02399/FUL
Ecclesfield Working Mens Club 135A Church Street Ecclesfield Sheffield S35 9WF

Ref. No: 15/02399/COND1 | Received: Thu 19 Nov 2015 | Validated: Mon 23 Nov 2015 | Status: Pending Consideration

[2016-01-26 Pending Consideration

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Application to approve details in relation to condition numbers 4. large scale details; 5. details of external materials and 7. landscaping scheme relating to planning permission 14/00064/FUL
Whitley Lane Farm Whitley Lane Sheffield S35 9ZD
Ref. No: 14/00064/COND1 | Received: Fri 02 Oct 2015 | Validated: Mon 19 Oct 2015 | Status: Pending Consideration

[This is an approval for materials for the extension to a barn for use as two dwelling houses, that we discussed previously]

[2015-11-23 Pending Consideration]
[2016-01-26 Pending Consideration]

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·  Erection of a motorway service area including proposed facilities building, hotel, filling station, parking facilities for all vehicles, access and circulation internal roads, structured and natural landscaping with outside picnic space and dog walking area, associated infrastructure and earthworks (Town and Country Planning (EIA) Regulations 2011 Schedule 2 proposal) (Amended plans received 11 July 2014)

Smithy Wood Cowley Hill (Adjoining Junction 35 Of M1 Motorway) Sheffield 35

Ref. No: 14/01079/OUT | Received: Tue 25 Mar 2014 | Validated: Fri 11 Jul 2014 | Status: Pending Consideration

[2014-05-25 There are now 461 items on the “public comments” section, all as far as I could see against the proposal.

`Also the meeting on 13 May 2014 was attended by approximately 50 people, following which the Parish Council raised a number of objections to the proposal. Apparently, one person gave support to the proposal, but was still worried about the quality of the jobs that would be created

Councillor Steven Wilson, and Angela Smith MP registered objections, saying among many other things that some of the proposed mitigations would be nullified by HS2

There is other information on our web site, including a link to an e-petition]


[2014-05-25 Still Pending Consideration ]


[2014-06-23 Still Pending Consideration (Now 545 Public comments)]


[2014-07-22 Still Pending Consideration (Now 638 Public comments, a new design and access statement, and what may be a new site outline)]


 [2014-09-22 Still Pending Consideration. Click this link to see our second objection the proposed M1 J30 service station can be seen has been published at this link. The petition to SCC, against the use of Smithy Wood is still running at https://sheffield.moderngov.co.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=121&RPID=710151&HPID=710151 ]


[2014-10-26 Still Pending Consideration. Sheffield Wildlife trust have objected to this revised application, and a new petition signed by 70 people submitted]


[2014-11-25 Still Pending Consideration ],


[2015-01-27 Still Pending Consideration ]


[2015-02-23 Still Pending Consideration. There is a new document from Pegasus suggesting a possible site meeting to determine the locations of “hand dug excavations”]


[2015-03-23 Still Pending Consideration.]


[2015-04-28 Still Pending Consideration - 544 documents).]


[2015-05-25 Still Pending Consideration - 550 documents, including the applicant’s documents on birds, habitat, mitigation, invertebrates, and an ecological appraisal (which appears to show an “island of mixed plantation woodland).]


[2015-06-22 Still Pending consideration - 554 comments, including an objection from Orchard Street Asset Management, as owners of Woolley Edge Service Station - partly on the grounds that the projected “Smart Motorway” (using the hard shoulder) will speed M1 journey times and reduce the need for a new service station].


[2015-07-27 Still Pending Consideration. the applicants submitted a “late summer bird” report saying…

A total of 35 species were recorded during the dawn transects (See Table 4 below),

these species comprised five UKBAP listed species (dunnock, song thrush, starling,

linnet and bullfinch), three red listed Birds of Conservation Concern (BoCC) (song

thrush, starling and linnet) and eight amber listed BoCC species (kestrel, black headed

gull, lesser black backed gull, swift, dunnock, whitethroat, willow warbler and



[2015-09-21 Still Pending Consideration. There are now 678 comments, virtually all of them against. However, the decision is expected to be delayed until January 2016.
( See http://www.pressreader.com/uk/yorkshire-post/20150916/282007556179732/TextView). Meanwhile, “Extra”, are looking at “mitigation methods”, to make their proposal for more acceptable
http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/our-campaigns/smithy-wood/?gclid=CLj5uaPCiMgCFUg8Gwod-yMOsw ]


 [2015-10-26 Still Pending Consideration. The applicants have re-submitted their environmental statement, in 73 documents. If anybody wants to go through these documents, they can be found at http://publicaccess.sheffield.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N2ZWWHNY09N00 .  I am wondering if the detail in them might be key to evaluating the proposal properly, or seeing what might be done in mitigation. ]


[2015-11-23 Still Pending Consideration] There are now 885 comments. Note that Ecclesfield Parish Council have supported the application. This is however subject to a number of things, including something called a “Shadow Custodian Entity”. [If anybody knows or can find out about this, there may be an opportunity for us to make a contribution here. Presumably any such body would need members and directors or trustees].
Note that the issue was reported by itv news http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2015-11-13/last-chance-to-have-your-say-on-smithy-wood-development/ , but The Star says that any final comments have to be in by January 19th.

[2016-01-26 Pending Consideration. Reports have been added to show the unsuitability of the other three quadrant's of M1 J35. Now 899 comments]


Previous planning applications, now decided

Application to allow alterations to the front elevation (Application under Section 73 to vary condition No. 2 (Approved plans) as imposed by planning permission No. 15/02399/FUL - Change of use from working mens club (Use Class Sui Generis) to children's day nursery (Use Class D1) with residential respite care for special needs/disabled children, demolition of existing porch and erection of a new glazed entrance, single-storey infill rear extension and provision of ramp to rear entrance
Ecclesfield Working Men’s Club 135A Church Street Ecclesfield Sheffield S35 9WF
Ref. No: 15/04124/FUL | Received: Thu 12 Nov 2015 | Validated: Thu 12 Nov 2015 | Status: Pending Consideration

[2016-01-26 Not found on the Council's planning application database]

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Erection of garage with play room/store room over (re submission of 15/02089/FUL)
144 The Common Sheffield S35 9WN
Ref. No: 15/03871/FUL | Received: Thu 22 Oct 2015 | Validated: Thu 22 Oct 2015 | Status: Pending Consideration

[This is the end terrace at the corner of Allen Gardens, which was recently refused retrospective planning permission. The roof, and perhaps the walls look more attractive from the plan, but might actually be the same size, as the existing building]

[2015-11-23 Pending Decision]

[2016-01-26 Conditionally Approved]

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Application to approve details in relation to condition numbers 10. (highway safety/improvement) and 16. (new service details) of planning permission 14/03411/FUL
6 Hydra Business Park Nether Lane Sheffield S35 9ZX
Ref. No: 14/03411/COND2 | Received: Thu 15 Oct 2015 | Validated: Thu 15 Oct 2015 | Status: Pending Consideration

[2015-11-23 Pending Decision]

[2016-01-26 Condition application decided]

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Re-signage of restaurant
Travellers Inn 286 The Common Sheffield S35 9WP
Ref. No: 15/03622/ADV | Received: Fri 02 Oct 2015 | Validated: Fri 02 Oct 2015 | Status: Pending Consideration

[These are described as replacements for two existing signs. I don’t know how big the existing signs are, but the replacements are to be illuminated, and 4.814 * 1.820 metres in size. I could imagine that such signs (if effective) could be distracting to drivers]

[2015-11-23 Pending Consideration]

[2016-01-26 Granted Conditionally]

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Alcohol Licensing

* No applications found.