Sheffield residents against greenfield housing

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PLANS to build homes on green fields on the edge of Sheffield are opposed by 95 per cent of residents in the surrounding area, a consultation exercise has revealed.

Sheffield Council is consulting about plans to build hundreds of new homes on 18 green sites because officials say there is not enough brownfield land to meet all of the city’s future housing needs.

Full results of the consultation in all areas have not yet been made public - but opposition councillors have discovered the results for Worrall, where housing is proposed for fields at Worrall Hall Farm and Wiggan Farm.

Of the people consulted about Wiggan Farm, 52 were opposed and just one person was in favour of the scheme.

Meanwhile, of residents asked about Worrall Hall Farm, 46 were against and just two were in favour

Overall, 98 people were opposed, while three were happy to have housing developments on the sites.

Residents were worried about the impact of extra homes on road safety and the capacity of local schools.

Chris Beadman, secretary of Worrall Community Association, said: “The strength of feeling doesn’t surprise me.

“I don’t think people are opposed to some development, but the housing proposed would be quite dense and I think residents are worried about the loss of the village’s character.

“There is also concern about traffic.”

Coun David Baker, whose Stannington ward includes Worrall, said: “There are serious fears about the impact this could have on the local environment – not to mention the local roads and schools.”

Fellow Liberal Democrat members for Stannington, Couns Katie Condliffe and Vickie Priestly are also opposing the proposals.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “We are paying detailed attention to all the comments made.

“It shouldn’t be assumed all the land will be recommended for housing, but the council is facing some hard choices.”