Campaigners oppose plan for 'new village' on Sheffield outskirts

The site where Hallam Land Management wants to build 93 homes. Photo: John Hesketh
The site where Hallam Land Management wants to build 93 homes. Photo: John Hesketh
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Rural campaigners have accused a developer of trying to build a ‘new Bolsterstone’ with a housing estate on green field land.

Hallam Land Management hopes to put up 93 homes on land between Hollin Busk Lane and Carr Road, near Royd Farm between Stocksbridge and Deepcar.

The firm has not yet submitted a planning application, but has asked Sheffield Council whether it needs to carry out an environmental impact assessment. More than 100 objections have so far been lodged.

Andrew Barton, of Carr Road, is one of those opposing the plans. He said: “This farmland simply the wrong spot for such a large housing development.

“It is adjacent to the green belt and close to the Peak District National Park.

“A development of this size would generate even more vehicle movements: it would make the Carr Rd/Manchester Rd bottleneck even worse.”

The Upper Don Action Group has called a public meeting against the plans at midday on Saturday at The Castle Inn, Bolsterstone.

The group’s chairman John Hesketh said the homes would ‘destroy the rural character’ of the area.

“Constructing a new village on a green field site next to the green belt extends urban development into the countryside around Sheffield,” he said.

“This should be the last resort, not the first and I sometimes think the open country around Stocksbridge and Bolsterstone is the forgotten part of the city.”

The developer has not yet responded to a request for comment.