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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 join us following a Planning Inspector’s refusal of planning permission for up to 300 homes on the old Hepworth factory site shown in the heart of the valley.

The Planning Inspector, Martin Whitehead, announced his decision following a planning inquiry hearing that spanned three weeks in April and June 2021.

The land owners, Patrick Properties, had appealed against the original refusal of planning permission by Sheffield City Council.

Friends of the Loxley Valley and CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire took part in the inquiry to support the city council’s decision.

We argued that the proposed redevelopment was far too large.

We said it would create an isolated car-dependent township in Green Belt countryside that should be protected from large suburban housing schemes.

The Planning Inspector agreed with these arguments. He ruled that the Loxley valley is an important “green corridor” in Green Belt countryside that needs protection from urban encroachment.

You can read the details, and download Mr Whitehead’s full decision here on the ‘News’ pages of this website.

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.