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Smithy Wood

Smithy Wood includes over 15ha of semi-natural ancient woodland.

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This is fantastic news for the campaign – but it is not the end. For Smithy Wood to be saved, we now ask the landowner St Pauls to work with us so we can secure the woodland for future generations to enjoy.

You can help support our work to save special places for nature like Smithy Wood by making a donation to our Campaign Fund.

Read more about the background of Smithy Wood.

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The Issue

Smithy Wood is designated on Natural England’s Ancient Woodland Inventory.

Ancient woodland is of national importance and recognised as an irreplaceable habitat.

Smithy Wood is also designated as a Local Wildlife Site and sits within the Green Belt.

Our position

We strongly object to the outline planning application for the following reasons:

  1. Smithy Wood is designated on Natural England’s Ancient Woodland Inventory. Ancient woodland is of national importance and recognised as an irreplaceable habitat. Smithy Wood is also designated as a Local Wildlife Site and sits within the Green Belt. From information in the planning application we firmly believe that the scale, nature and location of the proposal will serve to cause extensive and irreversible loss of a major part of the ancient woodland area (and residual damage to the remnant) and loss of much of the Local Wildlife Site.
  2. The gradual loss of smaller sites such as Smithy Wood adds up over time to a significant loss in woodland to Sheffield – something that is special and unique about the city.
  3. The Sheffield City Council Development Plan and Core Strategy has recognised the importance of such sites through a number of policies including Ecological Networks and we believe these planning policies should be upheld.
  4. The application fails against National Planning Policy Framework tests