RESIDENTS have hit out at more potential housing sites planned on a major commuting road following concerns of ‘over-development’ in the area.

Proposals have been issued to build three homes on Paddock Road, Mapplewell – one of 13 planning applications live in the local area.

However, residents banded together to raise their concerns which they believe is ruining the nearby green spaces.

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “There are currently 13 housing developments either under construction or earmarked for the future.

“Green space in the village is rapidly dwindling and the area is being over-developed. The visual amenity at the top of the park has been mutilated.”

Coun Steve Hunt, who represents the Darton East ward, believes many residents were unaware of the consultation process.

He said: “Often, the first they know of plans to develop houses is when planning applications are made.

“By this time it is often too late for them to have a meaningful say.

“I and many residents feel villages are taking a disproportionate share of housing.

“These distinct villages are gradually losing their individual identities under the Local Plan – very little green space in Mapplewell will remain.

“I understand the need for more housing in Barnsley but it is becoming increasingly clear it is time for a rethink.

“Is there still the same demand for housing in a post-Covid world?”