Save Sheffield's Countryside
Sheffield’s countryside is at risk
Sheffield City Council are set to redraw the boundaries of the green belt in order to build thousands of new houses. But these homes will NOT meet the housing need, but are likely to be executive homes instead.
We fear that much valuable countryside will be lost unnecessarily as the number and type of homes built will not meet people’s real housing needs. Nor will the sites chosen be sustainable – they will not be close to public transport nor local facilities.
We need to keep high quality green spaces close to where people live – they are a key asset for quality of life for everyone and they underpin Sheffield’s reputation as the ‘Outdoor City’.
Our map (to be released here on Monday) shows our best estimate, as a professional planning organisation, of where green belt land around Sheffield will be under pressure for development. Some of these areas will be proposed by the Council in its long awaited new Local Plan. Much more is at risk from landowners and housebuilders pushing for extra sites to be allocated.
If these beautiful green field sites are released by the Council in the Local Plan, landowners and housebuilders will choose them over the inner city brownfield sites because the profit margins are much greater.
If you think Sheffield should only grow outwards if it is first making the best possible use of land and buildings within the city, please take action:
- Click here to add your name to our petition and sign up for campaign updates (via our email addresses at Friends of the Peak District)
- Click here to email the Leader of the Council, Julie Dore, to voice your concerns. You may choose to copy and paste the following text.
Dear Councillor Dore,
I’m very concerned that the forthcoming Local Plan will unnecessarily damage Sheffield’s Green Belt by allowing developers to build executive homes in our finest countryside, which will not meet the real need for more affordable homes in sustainable locations.
I’m particularly concerned that local greenspace close to where I live [insert area] may be affected, as CPRE have indicated. [option to add reason(s) why developing this area would be damaging]
I am asking you and the Council to reconsider your plans so that we can have both the homes that are needed to underpin Sheffield’s future growth but without damaging the huge asset of the countryside on our doorstep.
I would be grateful if you could tell me what housing is allocated for [insert name of area] in the Local Plan.
I look forward to your reply.