Green site homes set for go-ahead

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An application to build a housing development on greenfield land in Sheffield is expected to be approved, despite objections.

Developers want to put up 14 houses, demolish an outbuilding and create an access road behind Worrall Hall Farm, off Top Road, Worrall.

The land was earmarked for housing two years ago by Sheffield Council as part of efforts to make up its total of 35,000 new houses to be built by 2026.

Planning officers have recommended that the scheme is approved at a committee meeting on Tuesday.

Residents living near the site have raised objections, many on traffic and parking grounds.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England and Bradfield Parish Council are in opposition, and the Loxley Valley Protection Society has also objected.

The society said the greenfield site was ‘inappropriate’ and that houses within the site would overlook one another.

“This is a very prominent site and the proposal is overdevelopment,” the group said.

But in a report to the meeting, officers said: “The proposal is acceptable in principal. The design, layout and external appearance of the houses reflects the traditional stone and brick buildings of the immediate vicinity and the design is appropriate for the rural location.

“Access into the site is safe and adequate, and off-street parking of two spaces per house meets the council’s guidelines.

“There would also be an acceptable impact on neighbours’ amenities.”

Similarly controversial - and much larger - proposals were submitted earlier this year to build almost 90 homes on the site of the former Dyson Refractories ceramics factory on Stopes Road in Stannington.

The Dyson site is in the green belt, but because the land has already been developed, some form of replacement can be permitted under planning rules.