Smithy Wood


Smithy Wood near Chapeltown, on the outskirts of Sheffield has appeared on maps for hundreds of years.  Smithy Wood is in Sheffield’s Green belt. It is an Ancient Woodland and contains rare and vulnerable species. It has survived for hundreds of years despite threats from M1 construction, mining, electricity cables and fire.

Now it needs our help to protect it from the developers of a motorway service area (MSA)

Smithy WoodOur objections to the MSA are:

1. Need. The Department of transport says MSAs should be no more than 30 minutes driving or 28 miles apart. There are 27.5 miles between Woodall services and Woolley Edge services on the M1.

2. Ecology. Smithy Wood is within Sheffield’s Green Belt as well as being an Ancient Woodland, dating back at least 800 years. It is also designated a Local Wildlife Site, home to rare and vulnerable species.

3. Economic. There is plenty of brownfield land nearby, and land with Enterprise Zone status that would provide more and better quality jobs and critically would not require the loss of Green Belt or ancient woodland.

4. Environment. Increased emissions will reduce the already poor air quality in the area.

5. Traffic. Junction 35 is a very congested junction. The MSA will increase traffic, with no separate slip road to take the extra strain.

6. Mitigation. The planting of thousands of new trees cannot replace ancient woodland, and much of the new plantation would be destroyed if the proposed HS2 route is approved.

If you agree with us, please write to the planning officer. Your letter could make all the difference.

It’s critical that you make your objection based on planning grounds.

Choose any of the objections above or visit: for more information.

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Send your objection to:

Eleanor Ridge, Planning Officer, Howden House, 1 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2SH

Planning number 14/01079/OUT


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