Loxley ‘Township’ Application refused by Sheffield Council.
We are pleased to report that the Planning Application to build c300 houses at the Hepworth Industrial site in the centre of Loxley Valley has been rejected.
At Tuesday's Planning and Highways Committee meeting, Sheffield's Councillors backed the Council Planning Officers and unanimously voted against the application. In their original report for the meeting Council Officers highlighted a number of concerns including:
The application was contrary to many aspects of the Sheffield Unitary Plan.
There would be a detrimental impact on the neighbouring Green Belt and the special character of Loxley valley.
Real concerns over lack of local infrastructure.
Issues over potential flooding.
Insufficient information had been submitted to enable a full and detailed assessment of the impact of the development.
Clearly the Members of the committee agreed.
Local Stannington Liberal Democrat Councillor, Penny Baker, who spoke against the application at the meeting commented: " I am very pleased that the decision to reject this application was unanimous and I hope that the applicant acknowledges the feelings of the local community. I have received many messages from local community groups, major institutions and local residents as well. They all said that this application wasn't appropriate. The ball is now with the applicant but I hope that they reflect on what they have heard today and take on board the concerns of the local community".