COUNTRYSIDE campaigners have launched an initiative in response to what they believe is a threat to Sheffield’s Loxley and Rivelin Valleys.
They are asking local people to sign a giant postcard to draw attention to the “dangers” facing countryside if the Government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework goes ahead.
The postcard shows the Rivelin and Loxley Valleys as they currently are and how they say they could look in ten years, with new roads and buildings. One will be sent to Deputy Prime Minister and Hallam MP Nick Clegg.
“We’re really worried about what will happen to our local countryside if the Government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework goes ahead as it currently is,” said Carol Robinson, chief executive of the South Yorkshire section of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. “We don’t want to see our beautiful green land destroyed by housing, roads and other developments.”
CPRE believes the proposed changes prioritise economic over sustainable development and allow greenfield land to be built on before brownfield land.
There are no plans at present for housing estates in the two Sheffield valleys - and the council says it is determined to protect the green belt. The Government says it is not aiming to target the green belt, but to make it less bureaucratic for developers to build on other land.