Appeal over homes scheme next to Sheffield green belt

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Controversial plans for two houses next to the green belt in Sheffield are to be scrutinised by a Government planning inspector.

The scheme for a paddock near Stocks Green Court in Totley prompted widespread community protests before it was rejected by the council last August.

Many critics said the land should be part of the green belt.

But it was concerns over the impact on neighbours of a proposed access that prompted the authority to refuse planning permission.

Now an appeal has been made to the Government’s Department of Communities and Local Government, and a planning inspector will assess all sides of the case after the submission of written representations.

There were 83 letters of objection to the application for the three-bedroom properties, along with protests from Totley Residents Association, SPACE (Sheffield and Peak Against City Encroachment) the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and local councillors Colin Ross, Keith Hill and Joe Otten.