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THE biggest proposed site for new housing is farmland at Woodhouse East, between the urban area and the green belt, where 220 homes are envisaged.

At the other end of the scale, 15 homes could be built next to open space and opposite houses off Canterbury Crescent, Fulwood, and 15 by developing the site of a dairy distribution centre in Hemsworth Road, Norton Woodseats.

Not all the suggested locations for housing are on green open space.

One hundred homes could be built at Darnall Works in Darnall Road, Darnall, with council hopes that funds could be generated to restore historic buildings on the site, and 80 could replace the Gilders car showroom in Middlewood Road.

Another 80 could go on partly vacant and derelict land off Infield Lane, Darnall, near allotments and High Hazels Park, and 60 on a scrapyard and vacant land off Junction Road, Woodhouse.

Inevitably, though, much of the community and political reaction to the council’s strategy will focus on the proposed greenfield locations.

The former Bawtry Road sports ground, which is privately owned at Tinsley, is earmarked for 95 homes, and the old sports ground off Greaves Lane, Stannington, 20.

Any suggestion of development in the Norton area is bound to be scrutinised by residents and there are plans for 40 homes on the former Sheffield Hallam University-owned playing fields off Hemsworth Road.

The council believes there could be a significant spin-off. “A modest amount of housing on part of the site, no more than a third, could be acceptable to enable the reinstatement of the rest for sports use.”.

Thirty houses could go on land off Norton Lane, opposite Oakes Park and next to the former Talbot School, near the water tower.

Land currently used in connection with reservoirs at Crookes could be developed. Yorkshire Water is expected to eventually decommission Hadfield service reservoir off Glebe Road and Blakeney Road (40 homes) and Lydgate reservoir, off Evelyn Road (20).

The council estimates that the village of Worrall could take two developments – 55 houses at Wiggan Farm and 25 at Worrall Hall Farm.

One of the bigger suggested locations (90) is off Beighton Road, Woodhouse, now that it is no longer needed for an expansion of Sheffield College’s Peaks Centre.

In the north of the city, land on the edge of Stocksbridge, off Hawthorne Avenue and Coppice Close, is on the list (50), as is a greenfield site in front of the former Silica Brickworks, off Platts Lane, Oughtibridge (40).

The authority anticipates that any potential issues, such as the effect on roads and schools, can be resolved in many cases by attaching conditions to planning agreements but the communities may not agree.