Village green bid for Sheffield park rejected as superschool plans agreed

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A bid to register land in Sheffield as a protected village green has failed – as plans to build a school for 700 pupils there have been approved.

A Sheffield Council report on the decision said the application for Tinsley Green was ‘not valid’ as it did not meet ‘statutory requirements.’

The application from the community says the land has been used for sports, pastimes and recreation for more than 100 years by hundreds of residents – although during the construction of Tinsley Green Centre, the land could not be used – and it is at the ‘heart of the community.’

However, the council report says the application had a ‘fundamental misunderstanding’ of use ‘as of right’ and had provided evidence of use ‘by right’, meaning one legal requirement had not been yet.

The decision on the village green was made before controversial plans to build the school on the recreation ground were agreed on Tuesday.

An application to knock down the existing Tinsley Junior School nearby and use that site for green space were also agreed.

The council says the move is needed to take school pupils further away from the pollution of the M1, but residents have campaigned against it and argued alternative sites were viable.