Protest walk as housing developer lodges appeal

NSST 'Wincobank residents hold protest walk against plans to build houses on open space which they believe was once part of the old Roman Ridge.'Pictured at the development site on Sandstone Road.
NSST 'Wincobank residents hold protest walk against plans to build houses on open space which they believe was once part of the old Roman Ridge.'Pictured at the development site on Sandstone Road.
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RESIDENTS are facing a renewed battle to prevent development of housing on land near an ancient monument.

Plans were rejected by Sheffield Council in the summer for 24 homes off Sandstone Road and Beacon Road, near to the Roman ridge on Wincobank Hill.

But the developer, represented by agents DLP Planning, has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

People living around Wincobank have set up a petition website on which around 850 people have added their names. A protest walk was held across the development site on Saturday, with residents joined by archaeologist Jared Bryson, of Sheffield University.

Bridget Ingle, daughter of boxing trainer Brendan and who is based in the suburb, said: “We are concerned that the developer is appealing against the decision by the council.

“We have another online petition – we have to submit new information and can’t rely on anything we sent objecting to the original proposals – and have until September 24 to submit comments.”

Penny Rae, of the Friends of Wincobank Hill, added: “We believe this site would be much better used as public open space for education purposes to help people understand the Roman Ridge.”

More than 400 people objected to the original proposals for the housing.

The Roman ridge, possibly built for defensive purposes, is thought to have stretched for about 10 miles but little of it has survived.

But DLP Planning said its own surveys found no evidence of the ridge passing through the site of the planned development site.

Katrina Hulse, from DLP Planning, said: “We employed professional archaeologists to undertake studies guided by the council’s archaeological advisory service.

“Extensive field trenching down found there was no evidence of the ridge and the archaeologists have concluded that it was unlikely it passed through the site.”

■ Visit www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-planning-inspectorate-refuse-planning-permission-to-build-houses-on-the-historic-roman-ridge-2 to sign the petition.