Village housing scheme could almost double in size
Written by Rother Radio News on 06/11/2020
Developers have provoked fresh controversy in a Barnsley village with proposals to almost double the size of a housing estate which was fiercely opposed by residents.
Permission to put 21 homes on a field in Thurlstone, near Penistone, was granted only when the application was taken to planning inspectors for an appeal, because Barnsley Council had rejected the plan.
A more recent application for another nine homes on a different part of the same site has been rejected by the council more recently.
But a new application has been submitted which involves 36 homes, which would absorb the whole of the field involved.
Many residents objected to the original scheme, partly because of concerns over access – roads in the village of Thurlstone are restricted and access to the site would be taken through a dead end off New SmithyAvenue, increasing traffic on that street and others leading to the main A629 Manchester Road.
According to planning documents, developers wanting to build the new homes argue the scheme would be more “sustainable” than the earlier scheme.
Ten of the 36 homes would be given over for ‘affordable housing’, which is slightly less than the one-in-three expected from new developments in that part of Barnsley.
The site would be a cul-de-sac, with homes having rear gardens facing outwards, a design which would “create a green buffer to the built form to minimise the impact on the adjacent neighbours and countryside”, according to a report in the application.
Details of the plans have already sparked a social media debate among people living in the area.
Cllr Hannah Kitching represents the area and questioned why the developer had not originally asked to build 36 homes, if that was their intention.
“Had the planning inspector thought this was a site which needed 36 homes and not 21 they would have rejected it as under development,” she said.
The site is not included in Barnlsey’s Local Plan, a blueprint which identifies sites for major housing development in the decade ahead.
Cllr Kitching urged people living in the area, who have concerns about the new proposals, to contact Barnsley Council with their comments.