Liberal Democrat councillors in Worrall have vowed to continue their campaign against proposed housing on green sites, after council figures revealed that 95% of local people opposed the plan.
The figures were released by Sheffield City Council following consultation on future sites for housing, including proposals that green land at Worrall Hall Farm and Wiggan Farm, both in Worrall, be allocated for new housing.
However, residents were left outraged by the proposals, as many feared for road safety, local schools and the local environment and ecology. In the consultation, 95% of respondents lodged objections to the plans.
Yet, despite the overwhelming objections, Labour councillors look set to approve the strategy, when it is brought before the Council’s Cabinet in the autumn.
Cllr David Baker, local Liberal Democrat councillor for Stannington, which includes Worrall, said:
“I’ve spoken to many members of the local community and I share their concerns about building on green spaces in our area. There are very serious fears about the impact this could have on the local environment – not to mention the local roads and schools.
“I’m shocked that Labour councillors have not responded to the comments made by Worrall residents during the consultation. I’m concerned that they are now considering plans to force this strategy through and disregard local opposition.
“We’ll continue to campaign to ensure Labour aren’t allow to get away with this plan.”