RELIEVED residents are celebrating after a developer lost an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for homes on a historic Sheffield site.
Abbeydale-based Investates wanted to build 24 houses on open space off Sandstone Road, Wincobank.
The plans were fought by residents including Friends of Wincobank Hill, who held a protest walk across the land last summer and sent hundreds of objections.
A 1,000-signature petition was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, calling for the appeal to be rejected.
Residents believe part of the ancient Roman Ridge defensive line may be buried beneath the site.
Penny Rae, of the Friends, said: “Sandstone Roman Ridge on Wincobank Hill has been saved for the next generation.”
Bridge Ingle, community activist and daughter of boxing trainer Brendan, said: “I’m delighted. The land is used for informal recreation and residents would like it to be kept as open space.”
Coun Peter Price, Sheffield Council Labour member for Shiregreen and Brightside, said: “The land has been designated open space and needs leaving as such, preferably with improved paths, and a proper archaeological dig should take place.”
Investates was unavailable for comment.
Planning inspector Colin Ball, who rejected the company’s appeal, said: “Development of the site would obscure the quality of the setting of the scheduled ancient monuments and undermine the ability to understand their significance.
“The Roman Ridge may be one of the most significant examples of ancient land division in Britain.”
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