Green sites in Sheffield earmarked for new homes

Wiggan Farm, Worrall, has been earmarked for housing.
Wiggan Farm, Worrall, has been earmarked for housing.
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SHEFFIELD Council has been accused of ignoring residents’ views by ploughing ahead with plans to earmark farmland and former playing fields for housing.

Opposition Liberal Democrats highlighted how 95 per cent of residents in Worrall told the council they were against plans for homes at Worrall Hall Farm and Wiggan Farm in the village during initial consultation.

Sheffield Hallam university playing fields,Hemsworth Road, Norton

Sheffield Hallam university playing fields,Hemsworth Road, Norton

But both are among 15 green and open sites which are still earmarked for 900 new homes in the Sheffield Local Plan, which sets out areas for future development.

The Sheffield Local Plan is set to be passed by the council’s cabinet on Wednesday and will then be subject of a further six weeks of public consultation before being sent to the Government.

The most new homes will be built in Woodhouse, where 370 properties are planned for three locations. The plans are unchanged from their first draft, despite 94 objections.

In Worrall, 55 new homes are planned at two sites. Numbers have been scaled back from 80 after 103 objections and a petition.

But Mary Cooke, who chairs Worrall Community Association, has said there will ‘need to be an expansion of schools and facilities to cope’.

Coun David Baker, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Stannington and Worrall, said: “I’m disappointed to see that while the Council plans to plough ahead with the schemes in Worrall despite 95 per cent of residents being against them, housing plans in Labour’s favoured area, at Tinsley, have been dropped.”

Lib Dems are also opposing the planned allocation of Sheffield Hallam University’s old playing fields and the former Dairy Distribution Centre, both on Hemsworth Road, for housing.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “The Government requires us to identify a supply of sites for new housing over the next five years.”

He called on residents to participate in the final round of consultation for the plan - which will go on display via the council’s website, libraries and offices, from late April for six weeks.