Housing plans for Sheffield school site axed

The former Wisewood School
The former Wisewood School
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Plans to build old people’s housing on the former Wisewood School site have been scrapped - and the land is set to be used for a play area.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet is set to approve the move at its meeting next Wednesday.

Instead, the council proposes to do a land swap with a ‘small part’ of Spider Park, also in Wisewood, and put eight to 10 sheltered housing there.

Officials have abandoned the idea of homes at the old school site, on Rural Lane, because of its proximity to the old school’s outdoor football pitches which have been kept open as a community sports facility.

The council said new homes at Spider Park would ‘provide natural surveillance over the remaining parkland’ and make a footpath through the area safer.

Money from sale of the land to a private developer would be used to pay for the new play area on the old Wisewood School site.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The land swap between the Wisewood site and Spider Park makes a lot of sense.”

It is intended that the new play area would provide activities for young people of all ages, which could include climbing boulders, a zip wire and slide, an informal kick-about area and track for bikes, skateboards and scooters.

Meanwhile, the former school library will be leased to the RIVA Project, which works with disabled people, and green space turned into a garden for local residents.