ANGRY residents have made a formal complaint to the Ombudsman over plans to build on a former school site.

Roystone resident Sam Morgan, 59, sent the objection this week after approval was given to proposals to build on the former Royston High School site.

The plans include a new supermarket, petrol station and more than 140 new homes.

He originally wrote to the watchdog in April but was told he had first to complain to Barnsley Council before the Ombudsman could be notified.

Sam said the vast majority of people do not want the development.

He said he believed the council-owned plot is worth £7million and previously said villagers thought the plans had been approved to make money.

A supermarket will have a negative impact on businesses, he says, and believes Midland Road is too narrow to deal with an increase in traffic.

Plans were given the go-ahead by the council in February, but Sam believes a letter of objection from Asda in Royston was not properly considered. He said it was submitted just before proposals were accepted.

"There was no way that letter could have been fully digested in the time span the council had to accept it and put the plans through," he said.

"They've just saddled Royston with something it doesn't want."

In February up to 300 letters of objection were collected by Royston councillors and presented to Barnsley Council.

Do you live in Royston? What do you think? Are you in favour of the proposed development?