AN OUTLINE application to build more than 50 houses in Dodworth has been approved by the council.

It's the third application for a large residential development in Dodworth with two previously successful applications for about 40 houses behind Hawthorne Crescent and on land off Bamford Close.

Councillors in Dodworth had already expressed concern about traffic problems and schools being full.

But outline plans submitted by Green Road Developments have been approved by the council.

Up to 89 letters of representation were received, as well as a petition of 12 signatures from residents of Low View, a 37-signature petition from residents of Strafford Walk, Ratten Row, St John's Close, Chantry Orchards, Padley Close and Low View.

Some of the main objections were it being a greenfield site, the turning down of a previous application, lack of privacy, the increase in traffic, location near to existing houses, loss of open views, devaluation of property and bats inhabiting trees on the site.

Some letters welcomed a footpath access on to the proposed estate and play space and welcomed the retention of mature trees.

The application states there will be a mix of two and three-storey and split level houses.

The application also stated the development will contribute to the present and recognised need for high quality housing whilst retaining the most significant ecological features of the site.