PROPERTY values in Royston should not be affected by the controversial development plans for the former high school site, according to estate agents.

Last week Barnsley Council approved plans for a new supermarket, petrol station and more than 140 houses on the site off Midland Road, amid fears from residents it would de-value their houses.

Issues with traffic and access prompted more than 300 letters of objection, although a number of estate agents say the development shouldn't have a negative impact on its housing prices.

Paul Ineson, of North Star estate agents, said: "The positives and the negatives tend to cancel each other out. Personally I would have thought this development would have zero affect on house prices."

Residents and business owners, however, are still said to be concerned with the other effects the new development could have on the village.

Cllr Tracey Cheetham, said: "The main property concern I have is with the Co-op. The business could close with this development."