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Please object to plans to build a Service Station on Smithy Wood.

Thanks to the Woodland Trust for this image.

Thanks to the Woodland Trust for this image.

Please object to plans to destroy the ancient woodland at Smithy Wood to build a service station for the M1.

The Woodland Trust are coordinating an excellent campaign and encourage you to register on the Council website and object here.

Graham Wroe has objected as follows.

graham wroeI am writing to object to the plans to destroy ancient woodland at Smithy Wood and replace it with a service station for the M1.
Smithy Wood is ancient. A history of the Wood shows it is at least 850 years old. Ancient woods are irreplaceable. They cannot be re-created or moved elsewhere. New tree planting cannot replace what would be lost and will never amount to a habitat of the same ecological value as ancient woodland.

Paragraph 118 of the National Planning Policy Framework says…

“Planning permission should be refused for development resulting in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats, including ancient woodland and the loss of aged or veteran trees found outside ancient woodland, unless the need for, and benefits of, the development in that location clearly outweigh the loss.”

Smithy Wood is within Sheffield’s Green Belt. It has been designated as a local wildlife site. These sites are important because they are selected for their
local nature conservation value and they protect threatened species and habitats.

The wood is a haven for a wide range of ancient woodland flora, fungi, bats, butterflies and birds (some on the red-list, meaning they are of the highest conservation priority). If Smithy Wood is fragmented further, many of these species face habitat loss and an increased erosion of the green corridors they need to move and thrive in.

Paragraph 81 of the National Planning Policy Framework says…

“Once Green Belts have been defined, local planning authorities should plan positively to enhance the beneficial use of the Green Belt, such as looking for
opportunities to provide access; to provide opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation; to retain and enhance landscapes, visual amenity and
biodiversity; or to improve damaged and derelict land.”

Smithy Wood represents an important green space to local people living in Chapeltown, Ecclesfield, Thorpe Hesley and the wider Sheffield area.

It is used by ramblers, youth organisations, bird watchers and those that simply want to get out and enjoy nature. Smithy Wood is a vital resource.

In fact local people value it so much that an application to register Smithy Wood as a Village Green has been submitted by a local action group on behalf of the community.

In 2007 Sheffield was hit by terrible floods. We should be planting more woods and forests to help prevent this in the future, not destroying what little
ancient forest we have left.

If it is really necessary to build a new service station I am sure there must be brownfield sites nearby which would be far preferable.

Kaye Horsfield has objected as follows

Kaye Horsefield

I continue to object to this proposal even more so given the adverse impact on Chapeltown air quality of the trees being cut down by Recycoal before they abandoned the adjacent site Irreplaceable ancient woodland is just that – once gone it’s gone forever. There are enough motorway services on the M1 already but if another is required surely there must be brown sites available which would not threaten ancient woodland used by locals as a green lung and part of our buffer against the pollution from the M1 which will only be worsened by cars stopping and starting at a services. The jobs on offer will nearly all be minimum wage service jobs probably on zero hours contracts. The labour market of Chapeltown can support much higher quality jobs than these. This development is not needed and is positively detrimental to the area by promising to add to air pollution, traffic congestion whilst being detrimental to the quality of life of Chapeltown and Ecclesfield residents. Sheffield council, get it right this time and turn down this application. We can really do without another developer ploughing up our woodland then moving on as the market changes, as Recycoal have done across the road

Topics: Council, East Ecclesfield, Environment, General, Graham Wroe, Kaye Horsefield, trees, West Ecclesfield

There are 3 Responses to Please object to plans to build a Service Station on Smithy Wood.

10th June 2014

Is it just me or has anybody else had problems putting in an objection to the Smithy Woods thing? This morning I spent an hour writing an objection then submitted only to be told I’d been timed out due to inactivity. The same thing happened again this evening when I took no more than fifteen minutes and typed as fast as I could. Dirty tricks?
And talking of dirty tricks, have the trees at the junction in Broomhill been lopped to spite Green Party voters?

    Profile photo of Graham Wroe
    10th June 2014

    Hi Tim
    I don’t think the Council are picking on you, they do that to everybody! The trick is to write out your objection first in Notepad or Word and then go to the Council website and copy and paste it in.

    I don’t know about the Broomhill trees but will pass your message on to Councillor Webster.

      10th June 2014

      Hi Tim,

      The trees in central Broomhill have been taken down as part of a scheme to introduce new pedestrian crossings at the junction of Crookes Rd and Fulwood Rd. Overall I’m happy to see this scheme going forward, as it will make this dangerous junction somewhat safer and should encourage people to walk to the Broomhill shops. Obviously it is a shame to see trees removed, but they are due to be replaced by two new, semi-mature ones – one at either end of the shopping parade.

      You can find out more details of the plans on the council website at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/works/schemes/crookes-road-crossing.html .

      Hope this helps!
      Brian

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