Friends of the Loxley Valley

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Welcome to the Friends of the Loxley Valley website. We love the Loxley valley where we live. We’re also proud of the magnificent gateway it provides to the Peak District for thousands of people in north Sheffield and beyond.

Our aim is to help to care for the Loxley valley, to showcase its wonderful qualities, and when necessary to protect and defend it.

We are proud to continue the work of the former Loxley Valley Protection Society and its founder members, who worked steadfastly for many years to help to safeguard the valley.

If you’re visiting this website for the first time, you’re joining us as we launch a fighting fund to prepare for a planning inquiry in April.

The development company, Patrick Properties Strategic Land Land, have appealed against refusal of planning permission for mass housing at the heart of the valley.

Last year they submitted an outline planning application to demolish the old Hepworth refractory works between Damflask and Rowell Lane and to replace them with a new township.

This would transform the scene that you see in the photograph below, and would mean eight years of construction work in the valley.

The plans were rejected by Sheffield City Council in September.

Please donate to our ‘Save Loxley Valley’ fundraising appeal to help us build the fighting fund.

And please help us to spread the word about it to your friends. You’ll find social media sharing buttons on all our website posts.

Please click here if you’d like to donate to the fighting fund now

The old refractory works, with Damflask and the national park moorland in the background

Please do stay in touch with us and drop by this website again from time to time to see how we’re getting on! In the meantime, you can also find our regular posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you for your interest.

Peter Wood memorial plaque
This plaque is on a bench commemorating the work of Loxley Valley Protection Society founding member Peter Wood. The bench is on the bank of Damflask reservoir where Peter and his family loved to sit and relax.