15 sites for new houses in Sheffield

NEWS: News.
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FIFTEEN open sites are to be built on in Sheffield, The Star can reveal – including some where the idea sparked public outcry.

Almost 900 new homes are planned for land at locations spanning the city.

Consultation was carried out last year about plans to earmark 18 areas for homes over the next 13 years.

A confidential report leaked to The Star reveals 15 sites now set to go ahead – including several green spaces, and controversial schemes which sparked backlashes from residents.

Three proposed sites, two in Crookes and one in Tinsley, have been withdrawn, and three others are to have fewer homes than suggested.

The report is set to be approved by Sheffield Council’s cabinet next month, but will then need the backing of full council and Government.

If sanctioned, the most new homes will be built in Woodhouse, where 370 properties are planned for three locations. The plans are unchanged from their first draft, despite 94 objections.

In Worrall, 55 new homes are planned at two sites. Numbers have been scaled back from 80 after a protest sparked 103 objections and a petition.

Mary Cooke, who chairs Worrall Community Association, said: “There’s going to be disappointment and anger. Although the number has been reduced, there will need to be an expansion of schools and facilities to cope.”

In Norton Woodseats, 80 homes are to be built on three sites although 85 people objected.

In Fulwood, 15 homes will be built on Canterbury Crescent, despite 31 objections.

In Oughtibridge, 40 homes are to be built although 27 people objected, and in Stocksbridge 50 homes will go up despite 34 objections.

Twenty homes are earmarked for a former sports ground at Stannington, despite just as many objections, and in Middlewood 80 houses will be built on the former Gilders car showroom. Only one objection was received.

In Darnall, 171 new homes are planned, at two sites on Infield Lane and Darnall Road. The proposal has been scaled back from 180 - though neither scheme attracted objections.

Council planning officers propose removing three sites from the list - the former sports ground on Bawtry Road, Tinsley, and two reservoirs at Crookes. In total the three attracted 75 objections.

The sports ground, on which 95 homes could have been built, has been withdrawn due to ‘a shortage of open space’, ecological concerns and flooding worries, and because 63 separate parties own the site through a land banking company.

Neil Parry, of Sheffield East End Quality of Life Initiative, said: “It’s good news. The land is an interesting green space with ponds, and we don’t have much open space.

“There would have been problems with extra traffic, and residents would have suffered noise and poor air quality from the M1.”

Hadfield and Lydgate reservoirs in Crookes, where 60 homes were proposed, are no longer available - Yorkshire Water wants to keep them in use.