Council protects green belt from development

5th Jan 2017

We were pleased to hear that the city council's planning department have said that they will not tolerate developments which encroach into Sheffield’s green belt.

The owners of White Acres Farm in Stannington tried to gain retrospective approval for a house which they converted from a barn building without planning permission. Councillors dismissed the application as unlawful so the building will have to be returned to its original state.

The aim of the green belt is to prevent the encroachment of urban areas into the countryside and there are only certain types of development that are considered to be appropriate. Sheffield’s green belt was the first in the country to be established, in 1938.

In Sheffield, and the west in particular, the green belt is a really important planning tool to maintain the distinction between the urban area and the open landscape that stretches out into the Peak District. We're delighted to see the council upholding it in relation to the farm but it's slightly ironic that the council did recently give permission for a new hamlet at the Dyson Refractories site.

The council’s interim head of planning Flo Churchill said regulations regarding this kind of development were indisputable. She said “In this particular instance it’s clear cut, because the applicants didn’t put forward any cases of special circumstances to support the development,” she said. “National policy says developments such as this are by definition inappropriate and cause harm.”

The burden is on anyone who wants to build in that green belt - which stretches into the city along green corridors, as well as surrounding it - to show that the benefits of the development outweigh any harm it would cause.

For the full article in the Sheffield Telegraph, click here.