Countryside campaigners launch crowdfunding to fight developers who want to build housing estate in Sheffield valley
Campaigners fighting to stop a controversial housing estate from being built in Sheffield’s Loxley Valley have launched a £15,000 fundraising appeal.
Councillors unanimously rejected plans by Patrick Properties to build up to 300 new homes on the Hepworth’s site off Storrs Bridge Lane.
The developers have appealed and a planning inquiry is due to begin on Monday, April 12, next year. It’s likely to be heard online over ten days.
Campaigners say the fundraising will help them pay for professional expertise.
David Holmes, spokesman for Friends of Loxley Valley, said they were disappointed the developers had appealed after a “emphatic and clear” refusal by the council
“We had hoped the developers would rethink and discuss a better solution with the local community.
“We hope that the planning inquiry will uphold Sheffield’s democratic decision. We want the voices of local people to be heard effectively at the inquiry, and we now need to pay for professional help so that we can consider the best way of making that happen.
“We know the kind of financial pressures facing everyone in these difficult times, but we hope people will be able to chip in a few pounds to get us on the way.
“Every donation counts if we want to save the natural landscape and heritage of the Loxley Valley.
“This is a peaceful green corridor running from Hillsborough to Bradfield and the Peak District National Park and we want to keep it that way.”
The CPRE said it was determined to see the appeal dismissed. Head of campaigns Andy Tickle said: “Even though there are strong grounds as to why this housing development
should not be allowed, we think it is vital that local organisations and people have their say at the inquiry and back up Sheffield Council’s strong refusal of this damaging urbanisation of the Valley.
“We don’t have enough resources to do this on our own, so we’re asking all those that oppose this development to join in and help fund this vital fight to protect Sheffield’s Green Belt.”
Donations to the fundraising can be made here