Traffic concerns over Sheffield homes plan

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Plans to build over 40 new houses on a field in Sheffield have sparked controversy.

Proposals have been submitted to put up 42 properties on Greaves Lane playing field, in Stannington.

Developer Rippon Homes says the scheme will feature 22 two and three-bedroom semi-detached homes, as well as 20 three and four-bedroom detached homes, as well as providing open space for the public.

The firm’s managing director says the development ‘should be welcomed’.

But a petition opposing the new houses has gathered 90 signatures and there have been nearly 30 individual representations to the council. Coun Vickie Priestley, Liberal Democrat councillor for Stannington, is in opposition, as is the Loxley Valley Protection Society.

Protesters say the scheme represents an ‘overdevelopment’ of the site.

Coun Priestley said: “Forty-two houses on that site is far too many. The safety of children going to and from school during the building is a major issue and the traffic through Stannington village and towards Malin Bridge is very congested during peak times and will become very much worse if 42 more houses were built. School places and doctors’ places are an issue and would be very much worse if this development was given permission.”

The concerns echo those raised by those who opposed a development of 88 properties on the site of the former Dyson Refractories ceramics factory on Stopes Road, Stannington.

The scheme in the green belt was granted permission last week.

Ian Dyke, managing director of Rippon Homes, said: “We are confident the new homes will provide a number of benefits to the community. As the area is in need of high quality new homes, our development should be welcomed to Stannington.”