Green site housing plans for debate

Have your say

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build around 600 new homes on green and open sites around Sheffield will be debated by councillors at a public meeting.

Sheffield Council’s Economic and Environmental Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee is gathering to debate the proposals on Thursday from 2pm in the Town Hall.

Officials say the new homes are necessary to help Sheffield meet its requirement to build 35,000 new homes by 2026 and provide ‘flexibility’ for developers.

But opponents have been vocal in areas including Woodhouse, where three sites are earmarked including a large area of farmland.

In Tinsley, currently unused playing fields are included in the plans.

Those against the proposals say developers should be forced to build all the new homes on brownfield sites which have previously been developed.

The meeting follows a public consultation exercise which concluded last month.

Further green and open sites proposed for new homes include disused former Sheffield Hallam University playing fields at Norton, farmland at Worrall, and reservoirs in Crookes which are to be decommissioned in the next few years.