Road and housing plan for steel site

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UP to 140 new homes could be built and the private steelworks link road from Stocksbridge Bypass opened as a new route into the town under plans being considered by Sheffield Council.

The plans involve the eastern section of the old steelworks site, north of Manchester Road and have been recommended for approval at a meeting of the council’s planning board on Tuesday.

Applicant Planning Prospects Ltd is making a full planning application to open the road to the public and an outline one for the housing - which, if approved, will then need full design work.

The developers say the plans would ‘alleviate traffic issues in Stocksbridge’ by opening the link to the bypass and turn disused land into an ‘attractive, accessible, carefully-designed development’.

The scheme would be built ‘in tandem’ with development of a new Tesco store, offices and other shops on another part of the old steelworks. Tree planting is proposed on the edge of the site.

But 73 similarly-worded letters have been sent in opposing ‘further development of the valley’ unless the plans include helping to preserve the Steel Valley Way Green Corridor, on Ford Lane bridleway, which is set to be diverted as part of the shopping scheme.

Another 18 letters of objection have been sent also calling for the bridleway to be preserved and opposing opening of the link road because of a ‘risk of accidents’ at the junction with the bypass, flood risk and impact on school places from the extra residents.

Another 77 letters have been sent to Sheffield Council supporting the development because of the need for ‘well designed housing’.

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust has called for mature trees at the site to be retained ‘where possible’ and asked for native species of new trees to be planted.

Don Valley railway has called for the scheme not to affect the adjacent rail line, which it wants to use for passenger services from the city centre.

Sheffield Council planning officers said that while the land was designated for industrial use, the proposals would ‘improve the appearance of the valley’.

Officers added that the Highways Agency, which manages the A616 S tocksbridge Bypass, had no objections to opening the steelworks link road to general traffic.