Playing field village green proposal set to be refused

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Villagers are set to lose their battle for playing fields to be designated a green and protected from future development.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board is due to discuss the application by Dore Village Society for King’s Croft Playing Field and surrounding land in the suburb at a meeting tomorrow.

A public inquiry held earlier in the year to consider the request by Dore Village Society ‘strongly recommended’ that the application should be rejected.

Residents said they had been using the land since as long ago as the 1970s.

However, Ruth Stockley, the barrister who ran the public inquiry at a cost of £20,000, concluded that ‘primary recreational use’ of the land had been dog walking – ‘more akin to using the land as a right of way’.

She said the society had failed to prove the fields had been continuously used for sports and pasttimes over a 20-year period - necessary to qualify for village green status.

The land adjoins Dore Junior and Infant schools and King Ecgbert School and belongs to the schools themselves.