The following text is from Mike Hodson from the Cater Knowle & Millhouses Community Group
The pub now has a Planning Application in from the Co-op to demolish the pub and build a new store. We don't think it means they have actually bought it but that they have an option on it. We are formulating an Objection along the following lines; and I believe there is a Petition being got up.
- First that the proposed store would a threat to existing local shops, and although this is not by itself an objection under planning law both the National Planning Policy Framework and Sheffield's own planning policies emphasise the need for sustainability and for a diverse retail offer. The proposed Co-op store would be in competition with the local shops, which enjoy a high degree of local support, and could also be itself unsustainable - given the previous trading failures of the former Co-op and its successor the Carter Knowle Food & Wine store which occupied a position just across the road.
- Second we feel the Cherry Tree has the potential to become a valued and successful local pub, with meeting-facilities and a recreational offer, IF it had a more supportive ownership, investment for physical improvements, and a more sustained management regime. Enterprise Inns have failed to support it for several years, with short-term tenancies, unreasonable financial expectations and lack of investment. That is why our Group has nominated it as an Asset of Community Value, which would allow the possibility of those changes. The pub's continued existence was supported overwhelmingly in recent surveys carried out by ourselves and by Councilor Shaffaq Mohammed; and in a unanimous vote at our Group meeting in July. The Planning Application is increasingly being opposed by local objections on precisely that ground.Both national and local planning policies support the maintenance of local facilities and meeting-places - and this area is particularly short of those facilities.
- Thirdly the proposed store will almost certainly result in increased traffic and parking-problems on Carter Knowle Rd and on the adjacent side-roads - which are already becoming busy commuter routes - particularly as the store is proposed to open earlier [7am] and close later [11pm] than either the previous stores or the existing shops. Deliveries to the store will have to navigate the steep side-road and make a sharp turn to enter the store car-park which has little space for manoeuvre; which can only add to traffic problems, especially at rush-hours. If the applicant's claim of "increased footfall" and more commuter use is correct then the car-parking would be inadequate and on-street parking would increase. This potential conflict between retail needs and the interests of local residents can only get worse when the new secondary school planned for the Bannerdale site opens, with increased traffic, parking problems and worsening air quality all contributing to the detriment of local well-being and comfort.
We expect to get a provisional recommendation on the Community Asset Nomination by 29 Nov and a final result 16 December.