Homes proposal for park in land swap deal

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Houses could be built on part of a Sheffield park in a proposed land swap involving the future of the site of the former Wisewood Secondary School.

Private family homes are being earmarked for a corner of Spider Park, open space behind Hallowmoor Reservoir, reached by Sevenfields Lane, off Ben Lane.

In return, a new play area, including an informal skate and bike area, climbing boulder, zip wire, slide and kickabout area, is planned for part of the Wisewood School land, at the corner of Laird Road and Rural Lane.

This site was initially due to be used for housing for older people, but this is now regarded as unsuitable because of a nearby new floodlit sports pitch which is used until late.

Council officers say the play area would help address a shortage of play facilities in the area and complete the creation of a “recreational hub” including a sports centre, artificial pitch and community garden, in place of the old school.

A “small amount” of housing in Spider Park would generate money for the council and provide “natural surveillance” over the remaining parkland, it is argued.

Details are due to be confirmed by the council’s cabinet next Wednesday.