Angela Smith MP

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IMAGE Statement from Angela Smith 
Friday, 11 October 2019
Statement from Angela Smith  Liberal Democrat MP Angela Smith has announced that she will be contesting the seat of Altrincham and Sale West at the next General Election “I’m delighted to be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Altrincham and Sale West at the next general election, whenever that comes. “It has been an honour to serve as the Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge and before that Sheffield Hillsborough. Representing local people is a huge... Read More...

My objection letter to the retention of a carpark on Green belt land

Re: 19/02907/FUL | Retention of extension to car park | Ecclesfield Red Rose J F C Playing Fields Nether Lane Sheffield S35 9ZX

I am writing to you with regard to the above retrospective application for the retention of a car park, with regard to which a number of my constituents have expressed concern.

I understand that this land has not previously been developed, and indeed that it is designated as part of the Green Belt.  The application site and nearby playing fields form an important green buffer between Chapeltown and Ecclesfield, and in doing so prevent urban sprawl as described in the National Planning Policy Framework.  I am completely opposed to any erosion of this barrier.

I do not believe that the provision of car parking facilities constitutes the very special circumstances which the NPPF requires to justify development in the Green Belt.  Indeed, the provision of car parking facilities is something which the City Council has previously been keen to dissuade in favour of encouraging the utilisation of public transport.  In addition, I understand that the land levels of the car park have been raised in comparison to previous levels, impacting negatively on local residents.

I would, therefore, like to raise an objection to this application on the basis of inappropriate development within the Green Belt.  I look forward to hearing from you.