“The BBC, Sky TV, HSBC etc. recognise Sheffield as the place where modern football originated”. “Sheffield has won the match to be recognised as the home of football but it has not yet won the competition to capitalise on the benefits this can bring to the city”.
The Current owners of The Plough Inn, Sandygate Road (Spacepad Construction) has submitted an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for it to be demolished.
In the main, the appeal documents restate the case made in the original application. Some of the key parts of their claims in their submission include:
“That despite the best efforts to secure the site, most of the damage to the site is due to vandalism and fly tipping by the public. “The pub was not supported by the local community and that it is unviable as a pub due to lack of interest and customers”. “That the £50,000 annual rent they advertised was reasonable in comparison to other similar pubs”.
If this part of Sheffield’s heritage is to be saved, the Planning Inspectorate needs to be made aware that the vandalism and fly tipping is NOT the reason that the site became such an eyesore.
Again, the need is to counter this appeal by demonstrating a high level of local support for this building of historic value.
A coordinated response is being compiled by the community campaign ‘Save The Plough’. Please send your, comments and views in a statement about how you or your community group have shown support for the pub, e.g. being willing to invest in community shares, or have observed building rubbish being dumped there, unregistered cars appearing on the site, frequent fires, etc. (Any photos, or knowledge of the rental values of other pubs would be really useful) Email: email@example.com
If you want to make your own comments directly to the Planning Inspectorate, you can email them: firstname.lastname@example.org Please use reference: APP/J4423/W/21/3267944. Include your name and address (you can ask this is not disclosed) and state clearly whether you are for or against the appeal.
Sheffield is the home of modern football and “The Plough” played a viral roll in the formation of the game. Demolishing a building with such a significant history would be a huge loss, not only to the Crosspool Community, but to the city as a whole.
Spacepad Construction has submitted an appeal against the refusal of planning permission to demolish “The Plough” Sandygate Road, Crosspool.
After the Sheffield City Council made their decision to refuse planning permission in August last year, Spacepad Construction lodged an appeal in January this year.
The Planning Inspectorate, (having only just got round to processing the appeal earlier this month), will have copies of all of the comments/objections made on the original application. If you have any new information or additional comments to make, you can email the Planning Inspectorate via: email@example.com In your email, you must include your name and address and this reference number: APP/J4423/W/21/3267944. You can request that this information is not disclosed. The deadline for submissions is August 19th.
Alternatively, you can go to the Planning Inspectorate website via this link: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ In the box ‘Search for a Case’ enter the reference number: 3267944 Then click on ‘Make a Representation’. Again, the deadline is August 19th
DO NOT direct any enquiries to Sheffield Planning Department, all enquiries or comments must go through the Planning Inspectorate. The appeal is being conducted on the basis of ‘written representations’ meaning that no hearings or meetings will be held. The Planning Inspectorate aims to make a decision within eight weeks.
As a result of five councillors voting for and five against and the subsequent chair’s status quo vote, at this afternoons Sheffield City Council’s planning and highways committee meeting (held virtually), planning permission for the demolition of the Plough Inn and redevelopment of the site on Sandygate Road was refused.
Planning officers are recommending that the application to demolish the Plough Inn, Sandygate Road is approved; we are calling on our elected councillors to overturn that decision. Please let your local councillor know, before next Tuesday, August 4th, that our community is opposed to the loss of this landmark building.
Please see below contact details for our local councillors
The report from planning officers states that the condition of the building is not due to poor management or neglect by the owner but is due to break-ins and vandalism, but there was no mention of the Enforcement Notice issued by the City Council!
The report states that the £50,000 rent for the pub as advertised by the owner was ‘reasonable’ but states that the majority of other comparable pubs were offered at ‘significantly less’.
The report states that there are two other pubs within 800m of the Plough but acknowledges that the Cherry Tree was saved even though there were pubs within 800m because the area around the Cherry Tree is ‘hilly’ It seems that Crosspool is not ‘hilly’
These are just some of the inconsistencies in the officers’ report.
The report will be considered by the Planning Committee next Tuesday, August 4th at 2 p.m. This is a virtual meeting that can view via a Webcast. You can find details here:
This is an artist impression of what is proposed to replace The Plough, if the planning officers recommendation is approved by councillors at next week’s meeting.
write to Marcus Young, (Planning officer) Howden House, 1 Union Street, Sheffield S12HS, including your name, address and the reference number, 19/02130/FUL.
Comments must be received by 16 January 2020. There is help on the council website on how to make an effective planning representation including the issues they can consider. If you do comment it will be published online and you will be informed of the decision, but the planning officer is unable to respond in writing before then.
The majority of applications are decided by officers in accordance with planning policies. Larger or more controversial schemes are decided by the Planning and Highways Committee.
This is written from the home of football, namely Sheffield. You will be aware of our claim and may well be aware of some of the initial contributions made by forward-thinking folk in Sheffield to the “Sheffield and soccer”.
The oldest football ground on the planet  is that of Hallam FC, behind Sheffield FC which is the second oldest football club. The then landlord of the adjacent pub, “The Plough” at Sandygate, had formed a cricket club in 1850 and due to the establishment of Sheffield FC the members opened the ground up to football in 1860 https://www.hallamfc.co.uk/history.php [A page worth visiting]
As with many locals,” The Plough” is currently closed and under threat of a developer turning the area into domestic housing.
The Plough has a unique pedigree football-wise and for over 150 years has been home to the pre and post-match camaraderie of thousands of those with a love of the game; it is an integral part of football’s history. It is believed that many of the original templates for the game were developed in The Plough
This could well be an FA rescue mission. The possibility of a pub, hotel, museum and only a few miles from Sheffield’s City Centre, an FA investment would pay dividends locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Over the years this city has provided chairmen of the FA… notably Sir Charles Clegg 1890 [aka the Napoleon of Football]. He played in the first international 1872 and refereed FA cup finals! The Clegg Cup and Shield are the oldest schools’ football trophies in the world. Charles and his brother William were amazing influences on the game. Other Sheffield Chairmen of distinction were, Sir Andrew Stephen 1967 and Geoff Thompson, OBE 2010.
WE ARE THE GLOBAL HOME OF FOOTBALL …. and we believe deserve increased recognition from the Football Association; we trust that you do too.