A RESIDENTIAL development of 44 houses in Dodworth has been given the go ahead by planning officials.

It's the second application for a large number of houses in the area to be approved in the last few months.

Strata and Bloor Homes want to build the homes off Bamford Close but there were concerns that, together with an earlier successful application for 41 houses behind Hawthorne Crescent, the increase in the number of cars travelling through the town could cause fatal accidents.

Residents were also concerned about flooding, the effect on wildlife and the influx of children attending primary schools.

But the decision was approved on February 28.

Cllr Phil Birkinshaw said: "We have supported residents. They are not against residential development but are against this development on various grounds."

He went on to say that they're concerned because of traffic, the already full St John's Primary School, and some of the planned homes are three-storey buildings, which would overshadow neighbouring bungalows. 

"We can't stop progress but we need to be mindful that we have an adequate infrastructure in place," he added.