Hadfield residents have launched a campaign to save Shaw Fields from an application for a 93-home development, to be decided next month.
Objectors of Loxley Development’s plans to build a housing estate on the greenfield land between Shaw Lane and Dinting Road, have started a petition, which already has more than 200 signatures.
The proposal, which comprises a mix of two, three, four-bedroom houses, of which 30 per cent would be affordable, will go before the planning committee of High Peak Borough Council on August 5.
Many residents are fighting to save the 4.7-hectare site, which is popular with dog walkers, on the grounds that the fields act as a natural buffer from urban sprawl and that they are home to plants and wildlife.
The campaigners also believe the land is not sustainable as it is too far from shops and facilities and that Glossop’s brownfield sites at Glossop Rd and Brookfields should be built on before greenfield land is used up.
Borough Councillor Edward Siddall, who represents Hadfield South, said he feared if the “diabolical” application was approved, it would set a precedent and open up any green spaces in the area to developers.
He added: “I will be writing to the committee members to object about the planning application. It needs protecting. We’re not happy about it.”
For more information, visit the campaign’s Facebook page by searching for Save Shaw Fields.