THERE have been about 200 letters of opposition from Low Barugh residents to plans for 150 houses in the village.

Local activists from the BRAND committee - the Barugh Residents Against New Development - were 'delighted' to learn from Barnsley Council's planning department about substantial opposition to the proposed development, off Claycliffe Road.

The application has been put in by Commercial Estates Projects and Hallam Land Management and, if given the go-ahead, would include family homes, those for first time buyers and affordable housing. It also shows plans for a bypass to divert traffic from Dearne Hall Road through the new housing estate.

BRAND members, John Hutchinson and Graeme Fitt, have been told by planning officers that about 200 letters opposing the development have been sent in.

"This is in addition to the substantial dossier of reports prepared by BRAND members, which reply specifically to the developer's proposals," said John.

"Locals are keen to impress upon this body they are guardians of the environment and the decisions they make, once made, are impossible to reverse and they have a duty of care to uphold the residential amenity of the local council taxpayers.

"Once this greenfield site has houses on it, they will be there forever."

Included in the letters of opposition is one from Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis, who writes: "It is my view these proposals are unsustainable and will fundamentally alter the character of this area, with negative consequences on traffic and noise levels, access to local facilities, as well as a detrimental effect on the local wildlife, and increase the risk of flooding in the area."

The committee members said they're delighted to have such high level political backing as well as the support of ward councillors.