Loss of Recreational Space / Reduced Access to Countryside and Footpaths

The Green Belt between Dronfield and Unstone is already extremely narrow. The openness should be permanent. The land is actively farmed and allows access to further open countryside and the Dronfield Round Walk for a town which in your plan is stated to be lacking in green spaces within its settlement development limits.

The section of Hilltop Road adjacent to Hallowes Golf course is presently quiet in terms of traffic and therefore much used in a sustainable and pedestrian-safe way to access a footpath across the golf course, a bridleway network towards the south west and a wider network of footpaths to the south, west and east; including sections of the Dronfield Round Walk. Footpaths to the south may already be impacted upon by the Peak Resort development in Unstone.

The proposed developments at Hallowes Golf Club (h.) and behind Hilltop road (i.), totalling 420 houses, would result in much more traffic along the length of Hilltop Road and into the (presently) quieter section of the road to the south. This would render Hilltop road much less safe for pedestrians and horse-riders accessing this valuable green space. Accessibility to the whole network of natural green space to the south of Dronfield will be compromised, which is contrary to the NPPF.

Key Topics

  1. Protecting our Greenbelt and Local Community
  2. Loss of Recreational Space / Reduced Access to Countryside and Footpaths
  3. Loss of Farmland
  4. Environment and Wildlife
  5. Health and Wellbeing
  6. Transport and Infrastructure
  7. Schools
  8. Doctors
  9. Heritage
  10. Previous Coal Mining Activity
  11. The Fracking Threat
  12. Council
  13. Concerns regarding employment and industrial development
  14. Brownfield sites and vacant properties
  15. Dronfield Railway station
  16. Not suitable for a large scale development