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Report Identifies Rabbit Ings For Potential Housing

Monday October 28 2013


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A TOTAL of 90 houses could be built on Rabbit Ings Country Park - to meet future housing needs.

The popular nature reserve has been deemed suitable as part of Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment - a research document put together by consultants on behalf of Barnsley Council.

It identifies sites throughout the borough to provide housing up to 2027.

According to the report, Royston coking works is opposite the site and the land is detached from existing shops and services.

It's 'unlikely to be particularly attractive to the market, and likely to be appropriate for development only in the longer term', the report says.

Rabbit Ings is marked as having 'poor achievability' and cannot be used in the first ten years, the report adds.

Cllr Tim Cheetham said he understood how Rabbit Ings had been chosen as a housing site, as it technically had brown field status.

But he said it was 'wholly unsuitable', the topography was 'lousy' and would stand against development if it came to it.

"They've got to look at every scrap of land," he said. "It just couldn't proceed as we have made substantial investment to return it to green land."

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Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Monday October 28 2013 at 14:43
Why not just measure the whole of the district of Barnsley, divide it into hectares and then multiply it by the number of houses BMBC.... that way you have covered every boat as technically, all land can be built on.

This is a farce, is this land not partly classified as Wakefield MDC anway. There are far more sites that should be built on first and far more derelict areas that need redeveloping before green belt/brown belt is used.

What about the land where the immigrant car wash is opposite Morrison's; the derelict pile of rubble off Wakefield Road behind the Tandoori Hut; The half built block of flats in the town centre; The derelict shops/restaurants on Sheffield Road by the Alhambra roundabout.

BMBC you really need to look at prioritising and garner public opinion before you blow our money on stupid reports.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday October 29 2013 at 08:51
There is thousands of people waiting on the housing list NOW! 90 homes in the future isn't going to make any difference due to the number on the housing list rising. SORT IT OUT

Reply Posted by Milly on Tuesday October 29 2013 at 09:27
What is an immigrant carwash? Are the cars immigrants? LMAO

Reply Posted by janet mason on Tuesday October 29 2013 at 10:22
They wouldnt be allowed to build on it as Barnsley Council Parks department have been helping to release endangered wildlife onto the site. So could you imagine the uproar if they tried it. You cant be seen to be saying" we are bringing wildlife back to Barnsley as a Bio Diversity plan " and then turn round and say " Oh now you have brought the wildlife back we are going to take that safe area off them and build on it" idiots it isnt going to happen. There would be a massive back lash... same with the H2 project

Reply Posted by Jules on Friday November 1 2013 at 21:36
The houses near monckton pit are wanting compensation for the smell coming from the plant,who the hell would want to live at the side of it?

Reply Posted by adam on Friday November 1 2013 at 22:00
There is plenty of land that actually needs building on, like for instance woolley grange has scrub land like drugs in a pharmacy, you could fit about 200 homes on it, and lets not forget the old William freeman factory on wakefield road, empty land, 150 homes. I know Barnsley council don't own them, but they could always buy it back or contribute in the redevelopment of them.

Reply Posted by nic on Friday November 1 2013 at 22:35
It's a joke when nearby residents are complaining and trying to get compensation about the " smell and dirt " from moncktons ... are the buyer's of these new homes going to complain about not been able to hang their washing out and having to clean their window's !!! Stupid idea .