More than 100 sites on green belt land in Sheffield are being considered for housing developments, it has been revealed.
Sheffield Council says there is a shortage of homes in the city and ‘no decisions have been made’ on the locations.
But opposition councillors say developers should be encouraged to build on brownfield land and bring empty homes up to standard.
Coun Martin Smith, Liberal Democrat member for Dore and Totley, said: “We all know there is a real shortage of affordable housing in Sheffield, however, building on our precious green belt is not the answer.
“Sheffield is known as the Outdoor City and is one of the greenest in Europe. We should be doing everything we can to uphold this reputation as it is what makes this city so special and unique”
The written question asked by Liberal Democrat councillors showed 106 Sheffield sites being considered are wholly in the green belt and another 11 partly in it.
In total 206 sites, were submitted for assessment during a ‘call for housing sites’ consultation, with the exact locations to be revealed in autumn.
The greenfield sites have been confirmed as in the following council wards: Beauchief and Greenhill; Beighton; Birley; Crookes; Darnall; Dore and Totley; East Ecclesfield; Ecclesall; Fulwood; Graves Park; Mosborough; Richmond; Shiregreen and Brightside; Southey; Stannington; Stocksbridge and Upper Don; West Ecclesfield; and Woodhouse.
Coun Steve Ayris, shadow cabinet member for housing, said: “We should be encouraging developers to build on the brownfield sites and investing in bringing many of the cities empty homes back up to standard and back into use.
“Green belt land should only be looked at as a final resort.”
In response, Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing, said the authority was looking at sites for potential housing development as part of its local plan.
She said: “There’s a shortage of homes in the city. It’s right that we’re looking at the options to address this.
“People need places to live and we need to provide this for the people of Sheffield.
“No decisions have been made and we will be consulting people about proposals.”