PLAYING fields and open spaces across Sheffield could be built upon - to create more than 1,000 new homes.
Sheffield Council has earmarked 18 potential sites for 1,100 new, mainly private, homes to help the city achieve Government housing targets.
Sheffield has to build 35,000 new homes by 2026.
Suggested areas to be built on include playing fields, farmland, and old reservoir sites being decommissioned.
The council wants to identify it own sites so it is easier to reject applications from developers hoping to build on green belt land.
Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, cabinet member for growth, said: “We are under pressure from Government to identify enough land for future homes.
“We also want to protect as much of Sheffield’s green space as we can. With the pressure on land there are some hard choices to make.
“This land is not going to be built on overnight - it’s about having a plan for the future.”
Dave Caulfield, Sheffield Council’s head of planning, said 90 per cent of the new housing to be built in Sheffield over the next 14 years will be on brownfield sites.
But he added a ‘mixture’ of sites was required to interest private developers.
“Unless we have our own proposals for which land is suitable, we have less chance of rejecting speculative applications from developers on sites which are less suitable,” he said.
“There is not enough space to meet our target on brownfield sites previously developed.”
The public can give their views on the plans before February 27, and a series of drop-in Q&A sessions is being organised.
View the council’s proposals for the 18 new sites at www.sheffield.gov.uk/sdfconsult, or by visiting your local library or council First Point Office.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to SDF Team, Development Services, Sheffield Council, Howden House, S1 2SH, to have your say.