Don’t let them ruin Sheepbridge Fields

NDET 14-1-13 RKH 27  Old  Sheepbridge social club site
NDET 14-1-13 RKH 27 Old Sheepbridge social club site

Friends of Sheepbridge Fields (FOSF) would like to alert Chesterfield residents to Chesterfield Borough Council’s current consultation on plans for development of the Borough.

These include plans to develop a number of areas of open space for housing, including 35 houses on the top part of Sheepbridge Fields (the old Sheepbridge Recreation Club off Newbold Road) and additional housing nearby (such as the former Newbold School site and playing fields), even though this part of Chesterfield has been identified as lacking open space in previous council studies.

Sheepbridge Fields is an area that is loved and used by local residents of all ages as a place for recreation, meeting up, walking to schools and shops, and as a haven of peace and natural beauty.

The site provides a restorative effect that improves the health and well being, and is a haven for wildlife.

FOSF have submitted a proposal to the Council to designate the whole of Sheepbridge Fields as a Local Green Space – a new planning designation which would give the site greater protection.

While housing is important, this should be prioritised on brownfield sites. The consultation ends 8 February, 5pm and we hope that more local people will look at the plans and write in to support the designation of the whole of Sheepbridge Fields as a Local Green Space and object to any housing on the site.

The Sites and Boundaries consultation paper can be found at: http://www.chesterfield.gov.uk/Sites-and-Boundaries-975.html and people can send their comments in by post or email.

L. Hopkinson

On behalf of Friends of Sheepbridge Fields

Brockwell