Sheffield planning change opposition lodged

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CONCERNS have been raised by Sheffield councillors about plans to relax current planning laws as part of ongoing Government consultation.

Coun Colin Ross, deputy leader of the Lib Dem group who represents Dore and Totley, has submitted an objection.

The proposals, set out by David Cameron in September, would relax existing rules and allow for larger single storey extensions.

However, opponents believe the changes may have a negative impact on communities within Sheffield by failing to protect them from inappropriate projects.

The planning reforms were voted down at the Liberal Democrats’ national party conference in September.

A Liberal Democrat motion opposing the changes was also agreed at the November meeting of Sheffield’s full council.

Coun Ross, whose ward often has extensions proposed, which can prove controversial with neighbours, said: “Locally, Liberal Democrat campaigners have been fighting for years to protect local green spaces and the natural environment.

“That’s why I’m really pleased that the coalition Government has given communities greater powers to control development in their area.

“However, many local people are concerned about these new proposals, which could be a step in the wrong direction.

“People only have a few days left to voice their objections in the consultation - so I’d urge people to take part.

“I really hope the Government listen to the consultation feedback and rethink their plans.”