A LARGE-SCALE development at Thurnscoe has been approved by Barnsley Council’s planning board.

The 11-hectare site at Lingamore Leys will see 360 new homes being built – the last of three phases aimed at developing the area.

But the scheme has not gone ahead without major concern within the community. Worries were such that a public meeting was held for residents to have their say.

Objections included loss of privacy, impact on schools, GPs and roads. People felt this was a large-scale plan in an already over-developed area.

At Tuesday’s planning committee meeting, head of planning Joe Jenkinson said the scheme was being recommended for approval.

“We have amended details a number of times, addressing concerns on parking, open space and the mix of properties,” he said.

The scheme, by Keepmoat, will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties with five per cent affordable housing. All the homes will have off-street parking and a large open space includes a multi-use games space and children’s play area.

Mr Jenkinson said a footbridge links the site to other residential areas and that a road bridge could be included in the development if funding becomes available.

The scheme has attracted £2.1m in Section 106 money from the developer to compensate for loss of amenity. Some of this money will be used to improve bus stops on Lingamore Leys and Merril Road.