Site name: Manchester Road (north side) brownfield site no.1

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: Mostly owned by SCC Housing (except for a small strip of unknown ownership)

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: None

Proposed management: Replace fence with stone wall. Relocate shrubs or replace with ones further back to minimise management on trimming back from public highway. Thin scrub at rear.


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 brownfield site on the north side of Manchester Road opposite the Clock Tower is comprised of dense shrubbery, scrub and tree planting. Species include willow, cotoneaster and elder, with a ground layer of mainly brambles and nettles. The site is situated on a steep slope, which drops down from the level of the pavement by Manchester road. It is bounded to the south edge by a chestnut railing fence (along the pavement), which has vegetation growing through and over it, and steps that access a track below the adjacent housing form the west boundary. The other two edges of the site are adjacent to Manchester Road brownfield site no. 2.


The impenetrable vegetation and dangerous topography ensure that the site is not entered. Vegetation spilling onto the pavement may become a safety issue if allowed to grow without maintenance.

Activities that the site supports at present

The site does not support any human activity, although it provides an undisturbed habitat for wildlife.

Activities that could be supported in the future

Trees could be thinned to open up a view to the river. Brambles could be cleared and replaced by less aggressive ground cover plants, or a mix of woodland ground flora.

Ideas for change
It is suggested that the chestnut railing fence be replaced.

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 (small)

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)

Tipping of garden waste




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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