Development will help Sheffield FC return home

Plans for 90 houses on the site of Sheffield FC in Dronfield.
Plans for 90 houses on the site of Sheffield FC in Dronfield.
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Plans for 90 new homes on ‘green belt’ land in Dronfield have been drawn up.

Owners of Sheffield FC have asked developers to draw up proposals for the Coach and Horses ground on Sheffield Road in Dronfield as part of the club’s plan to return to its home city.

The plan would require a revision of North East Derbyshire District Council’s local plan and for the land to be removed from ‘green belt’ and reallocated for housing.

The report, written by development firm DLP Consultants, says: “In summary the release of a small proportion of green belt land can be justified as an exception on its own merit as a result of the wider economic, social, environmental, recreational and heritage benefits to the Sheffield city region.”

It says existing settlements cannot provide the 482 new affordable homes the area needs every year until 2031 and there is ‘overwhelming evidence’ of the need for a green belt review to take into account housing need and to identify land on which this can be delivered.

A council spokesman said it had not received a planning application for the ground but added if one was to be submitted it would be considered in light of green belt policies.

Sheffield FC, the oldest club in the world dating back to 1857, is raising funds to move back to its original ‘spiritual’ Olive Grove home in Heeley in Sheffield.

It is anticipated any development would allow the Coach and Horses pub to remain although the decision would rest with the developer.

In August this year, the council’s cabinet resolved to consider options for alternative strategic distributions of housing and other development, including bringing forward a comprehensive review of the Green Belt.