Developers of ‘medium-sized’ housing schemes will no longer have to provide public open spaces after Sheffield Council changed its planning policy.
Only developments with more than 300 homes will require open space to be included in the plans.
But the change – part of measures in response to Government efforts to reduce restrictions on developers and kick-start house building – have been criticised by Green Party councillors.
Coun Jillian Creasy, who represents Central ward, said: “Local green spaces have been shown to improve the health of residents, particularly children.
“They give a space for families to meet, children to play, and a community to grow.
“Local green spaces cut pollution and reduce flood risk and city warming.
“The council knows all this, but dropped recommendations to have spaces in most developments because they are worried about falling foul of new Government regulations.
“However, they need to argue their case, not simply back down.”
Sheffield Green Party also wants the council to adopt a policy where retail developers must submit an assessment showing they will not harm existing independent traders.