Over the last few weeks I have become aware of a submission from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to erect a new fire station in Bowden Houstead Woods on ‘former industrial land’.
I didn’t recognise any area of this description in or near the woods, so I went onto Sheffield council’s planning application website, and the land is the greenbelt area in the centre of the wood.
The people of this area in recent years have lost massive amounts of green field and woodland to the Parkway and the Mosborough Parkway, and any more loss is totally unacceptable.
The other problem would be of course if this scheme went ahead.
You can bet your life that in a couple of years the Fire Service would be applying to extend, because the building was no longer large enough.
This woodland suffers horrendous traffic noise and pollution, which this can only exacerbate.
As for the design of the proposed building, hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it, but then again no development could possibly look as good as the area now.
This proposal, when we should be nurturing all the green spaces for future generations, makes absolutely no sense.
Please if you feel as strongly as I do, contact the planning department and register your objection. The reference number for the application is 13/02895/ful.