CONTROVERSIAL plans to allocate green and open sites for 1,000 new homes are set to be approved by Sheffield Council – despite protests by residents in affected areas.
People living in areas including Worrall, Fulwood and Woodhouse have voiced concern at the plans, which the council says are necessary to help address a shortage of available land.
Campaigners in Fulwood have vowed to continue battling the plans for 15 homes on Canterbury Crescent, Fulwood, supported by opposition councillors.
Residents fear the houses will increase traffic congestion and damage the local environment, which is a haven for wildlife.
Coun Sue Alston, Liberal Democrat member for Fulwood, said: “Lots of residents have objected to the use of this land for housing. Not only is it a loved green space, but a haven for local wildlife, which could be lost if the council forces through its plans.
“That’s not to mention the increased congestion or the additional pressure on already squeezed local services.”
Coun Alston criticised a decision to drop a large site earmarked for 95 homes at a former sports ground on Bawtry Road, Tinsley – an area represented by Labour councillors – after local opposition.
She said: “What’s most disappointing is that, while Labour bosses have clustered sites in certain areas of the city, they have protected green sites in their own favoured areas.”
Allocation of the green sites for housing is part of the council’s Sheffield Local Plan – set to be approved at a meeting of the authority on Wednesday.
Simon Green, a Sheffield Council executive director, said in a report to councillors that if green sites were not allocated, developers would be more likely to choose land themselves.
Mr Green said: “This could lead to more sensitive sites than those proposed being at risk.”
If passed by councillors, the plan will be forwarded to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles for final approval.