Green belt plan set to go ahead

Former Loxley College Site
Former Loxley College Site
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A SEVEN-year campaign to stop a housing scheme in Sheffield’s green belt looks set to be defeated, after city planners came out on the side of the builders.

Sheffield College first discussed building houses on its former Loxley College campus on Wood Lane back in 2004.

A total of 1,500 people signed a petition seven years ago, organised by Lower Stannington Community Forum, raising concerns about any future development.

Councillors refused a plan for 108 properties on the site in 2006 – but now they have been presented with a new scheme for 71 detached and semi-detached houses.

The west and north planning board meets on Tuesday to discuss the proposals, and members will be under pressure to refuse planning permission once again and reject officers’ advice.

Some 110 residents have written letters opposing the scheme and five have submitted letters of support. Some objectors said they do not want to see building in the green belt, while others are concerned about the specific location suggested.

Neighbours have also raised concerns about increased traffic around Malin Bridge.

An officer report said the development would make ‘a positive contribution to the area and improve the open character of the green belt’.

The report said the plans would remove derelict college buildings and the houses would occupy a smaller footprint and be built closer to the built-up area of Wood Lane, opening up views of the valley.

The Council to Protect Rural England have supported the demolition of the college buildings and any new housing close to Wood Lane, but are concerned that the lack of details prevent them judging whether green belt rules would be met.