We were proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Friends of the Loxley Valley, to support this campaign and provide advice and guidance – based on decades of experience – to a local community in need.
We’re delighted by the outcome – this highly unsustainable proposal for a new, car-dependent township in the Loxley Valley has been refused by the Council.
It was the wrong development in the wrong place: ruining Sheffield’s precious door-step countryside and Green Belt, and doing little to address the climate emergency. It is no wonder it was so fiercely opposed by so many.
It’s been really heartening to see the local community, City councillors, MPs and local environmental groups come together to defeat this unwanted and unneeded housing scheme. Developers need to know they cannot run roughshod over local democracy. The planning system is there to protect countryside and communities from inappropriate development, which this was.
But it’s not over yet. Patrick Properties may appeal, meaning a complex and costly public inquiry would have to be held. CPRE would much prefer to see an alternative scheme come forward that protects and enhances the valley, is developed in conjunction with and supported by the local community, and fits with the Council’s newly announced vision for an environmentally sustainable city.