How the controversial green belt housing plan may impact Conveyancing in Sheffield

Conveyancing in Sheffield’s Loxley valley may be affected by development plans in the green belt area.  

Derelict college buildings from the University of Sheffield are situated in Loxley valley, but the university is planning to sell the land and knock down the old buildings in favour of 71 detached and semi-detached houses.

The plans, which had met with approval by council official, have come under scrutiny again recently. This is due to a last minute alteration to the proposal that sees the number of flats reduced to 67.  

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University agent Janet Hodson of JVH Town Planning Ltd rejected the proposal, stating that: “those four units could make all the difference to how deliverable the scheme is".  

But planning officer John Williamson argued that “a better layout” could be achieved with the new plan.

Good or bad news for Conveyancing in Sheffield?

Some believe that the development, if followed through, would have a positive influence on property sales in the area, simplifying Conveyancing in Sheffield's Loxley area by finally resolving the matter. In addition, it would entail the demolition of the defunct college buildings that are seen as an eyesore by many.

But many are worried that the development will deface the stretch of green belt land and also increase traffic in the area. This could have negative consequences for the day-to-day practice of Conveyancing in Sheffield as a further reduction of nearby homes' values may impact the number of sales in an already-quiet property market.

Green belts are undeveloped pieces of land surrounding towns and cities that are barred from new property developments. They help improve air quality and preserve natural diversity.

For the clients of Solicitors Conveyancing in Sheffield, green belts are valued because they generally make an area more attractive, and boost the value of local property.

Residents in Loxley have been fighting the plans ever since they were first suggested seven years ago. 1, 500 people signed a petition in 2004 and of the 115 letters that were received on the project, 110 spoke out against it.

Regardless of whether the development is a good idea, after these recent developments there is a chance that it might not go ahead after all.  The original proposal in 2006 sought to build 118 properties in the valley and the number has decreased ever since.  

Councillor Bob McCann has expressed doubts as to the profitability of the new plan: “If we approve this, it will not be worth the paper it is printed on”.

If the development does go ahead, it will first have to be approved by the Secretary of State since it affects green belt land.

It remains to be seen what effects either scenario will have on the local area, but the uncertainty may complicate any Conveyancing in Sheffield underway today, with Property Lawyers acting for buyers unable to offer their clients a concrete answer on the issue.