Site name: Gibson Lane retail
brownfield site

Zone: Countryside Zone

Land owner: ?

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: None: site used to dump and burn rubbish in part adjacent to car park.

Proposed management: Manage as a wildflower meadow glade with open scrub. Move location used for burning rubbish to less obvious place.

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 - update 2004

This overgrown, neglected area of land adjacent to the steelworks is accessed via Gibson Lane and Crawshaws' butchers car park. It is a relatively flat area of wasteland covered by rough grassland, with brambles, thistles, great willow herb and bindweed. Groups of ash, willow, sycamore and elder grow throughout the site. A temporary path has been created where the vegetation has been flattened by vehicles dumping garden waste at the west corner of the site. The northern boundary consists of a walled drop down to the Stocksbridge railway line and steelworks beyond.

Activities that the site supports at present

The site is only used for dumping garden waste.


The site is secluded, hidden away behind Crawshaws butchers, and the Friendship pub. Although overgrown, derelict and unused, the site is fairly open and does not feel at all hostile.

Activities that could be supported in the future

This site in central Stocksbridge could be improved to create a greenspace for shoppers to sit or eat lunch, although the situation and view into the steelworks is not very appealing. The site could be

used for extra car parking.

Ideas for change

This site is used as a dumping ground at present and it needs clearing before consideration of its future development.

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.





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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