The owners of a much-loved Sheffield restaurant and banqueting suite have reassured diners that plans for housing at the site will not be brought to fruition for many years yet.
Outline proposals to knock down and build housing at popular Baldwin’s Omega, on Brincliffe Hill, were approved by Sheffield Council’s planning committee last week.
However owners David and Pauline Baldwin stress they sought permission for a five year timescale which means work will not be starting in the near future, and the popular restaurant will remain open.
Mrs Baldwin said: “We don’t intend to go for the next few years and Mr Baldwin is definitely not retiring.
“It is his lifetime’s work and he doesn’t want to leave it, we have fantastic support from lots of people in Sheffield.
“It is very much a long term plan.”
The plans were given the green light subject to a list of conditions, including requirement for any forthcoming scheme to have at least ten per cent of affordable properties.
Previously plans sought permission to build around 38 houses on the site.
However the exact number of houses for the site is no longer specified.
The Baldwins have run the restaurant for 35 years, since 1980, and it has hosted countless functions.