RESIDENTS are protesting about a building firm’s plans for a field next to a proposed development site near Sheffield countryside.
Despite 22 objections from locals, Mandale Construction was granted planning permission two months ago to build 12 homes on land off Hanson Road, Loxley.
Now the company has submitted a construction method statement, which is awaiting council approval, covering access arrangements, location of the site compound, parking and hours of work.
Neighbours are unhappy about plans to build an access road, temporary buildings and a car park on the field.
They are also concerned some trees and bushes on the site boundary will have to be removed to create a link with the compound.
Resident Ken Fletcher, of Loxley Road, said: “We are concerned about them putting a road across the field into the side of the site. As local residents we are unhappy about the proposals and the environmental impact.”
As well as the concerns about development of the road and compound on greenfield land, two objections have been made to Sheffield Council against the proposed working hours.
Mandale wants construction to be allowed between 7.30am and 5pm on Mondays to Fridays and from 7.30am until 1pm on Saturdays.
Neighbours Denise and Jeremy Rogers said: “Work is proposed to start at 7.30am on Saturdays. Perhaps an 8.30am start might alleviate any more animosity towards the developers and possibly be seen as a goodwill gesture on their part?”
Dawn Helliwell added: “I am sad to see this has been allowed after so many objections which have gone unheeded and been ignored.
“The hours of work seem unreasonable to me. A start at 7.30am? Noise levels are bound to be high and will affect neighbours.”
Mandale said the temporary road would minimise the need for vehicles to access the site from Hanson Road, meaning less disturbance.
Steven Longstaff, of Mandale’s planning agents England and Lyle, said: “The site facilities and compound will be located on adjacent land to minimise disruption.
“Car parking will be adjacent to the compound and site facilities to minimise the use of the Hanson Road and Leaton Close access.”
Mr Longstaff said the edge of the site would have extra fruit and hawthorn trees planted once work is finished, and black poplar trees, which could be home to roosting bats, will be retained during the development.