Row over Sheffield land disposal report

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Sheffield Council says there is ‘no indication’ a piece of land in a conservation area will be sold for housing after a report sparked alarm.

Land in the Beauchief Abbey Conservation Area was included in a council report into surplus land which said a number of sites had been identified as suitable for residential development.

The land, along Beauchief Abbey Lane, was gifted to the people of Sheffield in 1931.

Opposition councillors launched a petition against the land being sold off, which gathered 300 signatures.

It was presented to a council meeting which heard it had been ‘wrong’ to include the land in the report.

Coun Simon Clement-Jones said:“This is great news for our community and Sheffield now the council has dropped its plans.”

Simon Green, council executive director for place, said the report was for circulation to councillors to make decisions on sites, but had ‘unfortunately’ been made public.

He said: “Members had given no indication the land at Beauchief Abbey was to be sold.”