A planning application for 22 houses to be built on a Local Wildlife Site in Dore has been refused by Sheffield City Council’s Planning and Highways Committee.
The Planning Officer had recommended that the Committee should refuse planning permission for the development at Long Line for reasons of inappropriate development on the green belt and insufficient information to rule out harm to wildlife habitats, as the site provides a functional link to the Peak District Moors, designated as a Special Protection Area for the conservation of wild birds.
Ian Cracknell, Advocacy Officer at Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust spoke at the Committee to summarise our objections to the proposals. In addition to the Planning Officer’s suggested reasons for refusal, we requested that as the site also forms part of Dore Moor Local Wildlife Site, this should be added as a reason for refusal.
We have also provided support to Long Line Residents Association, a local community group who opposed the application and also spoke at the Committee.
11 members of the Planning and Highways Committee voted for the Planning Officer’s recommendation to refuse the application, unanimously agreeing that this green belt habitat should be protected.
The decision is a fantastic result for wildlife, for this important Local Wildlife Site and for local people in Dore.
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