Go-ahead for Sheffield snooker club’s demolition

The former Broomgrove Club at 74 Broomgrove Road, S10 has been closed and sold to a property developer
The former Broomgrove Club at 74 Broomgrove Road, S10 has been closed and sold to a property developer

A contentious plan to demolish a former snooker club has been agreed by councillors, despite objections.

Broomgrove Club in Broomhall will be torn down to make way for houses, much to the dismay of local residents.

The council’s planning committee had received 39 letters of objection to the housing plans, including one from nearby resident Karin Hessenberg.

Karin told councillors at a meeting yesterday that she was concerned about the size and scale of the development, and the close proximity of the building to her home.

She welcomed the fact the proposal had been amended to retain a historic pedestrian gate, but said the plans would have a detrimental impact on the adjacent Conservation Area.

She added: “The houses would cause a serious loss of light, privacy and green space.”

The 19th century building, on Broomgrove Road, was once home to the Sheffield Bowling Club and parts of the old bowling green are still visible.

However, most of the green was sold and re-developed as flats in the 1960s.

In more recent times, the building was used as a snooker club – but the building was sold to a developer last year.

According to the plans, two, two-storey, detached houses will be built in the club’s place. Each home will be made in a traditional Victorian design, with an integral garage and back garden.

Further objections were received from Broomhill Green Councillor Aodan Marken and the Broomhall Park Association.

A representative from John Box Associates, the agent behind the plans, rejected concerns and said the application had gone through the proper planning process. He added: “Having read the objections from people, I would say it is all emotive.”

Meeting chairman Coun Alan Law said: “This place has got to come down. It needs developing.”

The proposal was approved unanimously.

Meanwhile, a plan to build a further three houses on the site of a former police box was also approved unanimously. Two semi-detached and one detached house will be built on the site, on Rotherham Road, Halfway.

A condition of the approval is that a gate, which has been put up around the site by the owner, will be taken down as appropriate planning permission has not been granted for it and it has attracted complaints from residents.