Site name: Ash Lane/New Street brownfield site (south side of Manchester Road)

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC housing

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: None: Former housing site demolished (possibly because of subsidence?)

Proposed management: Remove tall herb & bramble, re-landscape with topsoil and sow with wildflower meadow seed mix. Retain planted shrubs.

Date of Visual Survey - Aug 2004

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The ideas and possibilities outlined below are designed to help members of the local community as they think about what could happen on this site. Nothing is fixed and alternative solutions may well emerge
over the coming decade - it is for the local community to decide and enable it to happen. Use the email button at the bottom right to volunteer to help and also to send additional information and ideas for specific sites



Visual Attributes

This rectangular section of neglected land slopes up from Manchester Road in between Ash Lane to the west and New Street to the east. A muddy pull-in that runs right along the north edge of the site by Manchester Road is covered in litter. Trees, which include goat willow, silver birch, hawthorn, ash and cotoneaster, and a mass of brambles, screen the site from this main road. The odd self-set garden plant, such as montbretia, is also found on site. There are vehicle tracks into the site from the bottom of New Street, possibly deriving from when the area of housing there was demolished. These tracks lead to a flat central area, which is carpeted in grass, with occasional rosebay willowherb plants. A line of large privet and hawthorn bushes grows to the south of this central plateau. A formal entrance into the site (which is unbounded anyway) is located at the top of New Street, marked by two stone gateposts.


The site is overlooked by surrounding houses and is next to the main road, both providing some surveillance.


Activities that the site supports at present

There is evidence of dumping of garden waste and litter.



Activities that could be supported in the future


The vegetation could be cleared and outdoor seating or a play area could be provided for local residents.


The charts below have a colour next the description if anything in the list, which was used to identify the whole range of possibilities for Stocksbridge, occurs on this site.



found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

Amenity Grassland

Mosses and Bryophytes

Amenity Shrubs


Heath Land

Amenity Tree Planting


Amenity Flower Beds

Open Water

Amenity Hedges

Running Water

Rough Grassland


Cultivated/Disturbed Land

Acid Grassland

Bare Earth/Erosion

Marshy Grassland


Trees Broadleaf



Trees Coniferous



Trees Mixed

Invasive Species



Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs


Low Herbs and Shrubs (Native)


Amenity Bulb Planting



found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012



Formal Pitches


Formal Play Area


Car Park




Picnic Area

Desire Lines

Art Work

Motor Cycling

Dog Walking Area

Car Driving


Car Parking

Footpath Network

Damaged Bollards/Fences



Cycle Paths


Trim Track



Litter Bins

Fly Tipping

Dog Waste Bins

Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area



Hanging Around


Alcohol Drinking


Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

Hard Surfaces

Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

Informal Play (state)

Other Informal Uses (state)



Stocksbridge SRB5 Greenspace Audit undertaken by Jim Flanagan for
Sheffield Wildlife Trust - see their Community Action Handbook - full of good ideas for your local site

Ash Lane/ New Road

Ash Lane / New Street

Belmont Drive 1

Belmont Drive 2

Bocking Hill

Bowling green

Carr Head


Don Field

East & West Cres.

Edward Street 1

Edward Street 2

Edward Street 3

Gibson Lane


Haywood Lane

Hole House Brook

Manchester Rd 1

Manchester Rd 2

Manchester Rd 3

Manchester Rd 4

Manchester Rd 5

Manchester Rd 6

Manchester Rd/Newton Ave

Newton Ave/Churchill Rd

Pearson Street

Peggy Tub

Pot House Wood

Quarry Hill

Ridal Croft

Ridal Close

Rundle Road

Smith Road

Smithy Moor

Stocksbridge Clock Tower

Stocksbridge Fire Station

Stocksbridge Methodist Church

Stocksbridge United Reform Church

St John

Webb Avenue

Wilson Road

Wood Willows

Wortley Road

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