A HOUSING development has been given the go ahead by planning officials - despite objections over the loss of greenspace and concerns over access.

Site 4 Self Build asked Barnsley Council for permission to build 23 houses on former grazing land at Hill Top Lane, off Redbrook Road in Gawber.

The land where the development will take place is bordered by Redbrook Road, Barden Drive, Revenshaw Close and Samuel Square.

The proposed layout is based around a central village green with access off Barden Drive and includes four pairs of semi-detached houses and 15 two-storey detached houses.

The original decision to grant outline planning permission was made at appeal, and at the time the council argued the site should be retained as a greenspace but a planning inspector said the site was in a sustainable location.

The inspector said the fact a village green was included within the layout compensated for the loss of greenspace.

Residents' concerns included vehicle access problems due to on-street parking on roads leading to the development, which were said to be in a poor state of repair and susceptible to damage associated with heavy plant machinery.

Other worries highlighted were the loss of greenspace, potential damage to trees and the negative impact on biodiversity, the village green attracting children and youths to the area and there being no more need for first-time buyer houses in the area.