Residents vow to fight housing development

RESIDENTS of a Sheffield community have vowed to fight plans to build a cluster of houses on a green space.

Councillors, campaign groups and residents are angry about the proposals which they say threaten green space off Leaton Close, Loxley.

Developers have submitted plans to build 13 houses on the site several years after the original landowner first applied for outline planning permission. He tried several times to get permission for the project but Sheffield Council refused each time.

Following an appeal, a Planning Inspectorate officer overturned the council’s decision in 2009, despite residents’ objections.

They are worried about the potential loss of countryside, inadequacy of access and safety risks to children.

Work started on the site last month, when plans for 13 four-storey and five-storey houses were submitted by developer Mandale Construction.

The community is drumming up support from councillors, parish councillors, MPs and preservation societies in a bid to overturn the Planning Inspectorate decision and stop the building.

Father-of-two Damian Watkinson, of Leaton Close, said: “People live here for the peace and quiet. The space is wild land, but that is the beauty of it.

“You can see wildlife there, there are badgers living in the field around.

“Our concern is that once they have built these, it then paves the way for other developers to come in.

“The primary school is already oversubscribed, parking is a problem and it isn’t even like they are creating affordable housing.

“Lines have to be drawn somewhere. The council has turned it down in the past.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has also got involved.

He has written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles regarding the matter but is yet to receive a reply.