A RAFT of road alterations planned in order to access a fiercely-contested green belt site allocated for 1,700 houses and business use have been revealed.

Barnsley Council will create a site known as ‘Barnsley West MU1’, bordered by Pogmoor, Higham, Gawber and Barugh Green, which is made up of housing, a new 300-place primary school and business use.

However, a contentious link road has been revealed this week off Higham Common Road – which also includes new roundabouts there, on Barugh Green Road and Capitol Park – leading campaigners to lodge more concerns about the proposals.

Coun Peter Fielding, who represents the Dodworth ward, said: “I strongly oppose the size of the development on green belt land on the MU1 site but it is clear it is going ahead.

“This is despite the widespread concerns and opposition from local communities who fear increased congestion, pollution and noise as a result.”

Comments can be made on the council’s website until February 5.