A VAST swathe of land which covers 30 acres is being sold off for housing.

The land - which covers the former Darton Primary School site - is described as a 'prime residential site' in a sales pack produced by Barnsley Council and Wilbys, who are acting as joint agents for a consortium of landowners.

The area borders Station Road, Darton Lane, Woolley Colliery Road and Bloomhouse Lane at Darton and includes the former school site, scrubland and grazing paddocks.

Coun Roy Miller, who represents the Darton East ward, said: "There is a planning application which is imminent, as I understand."

The sales pack says about 21 acres would be used for housing - equivalent to around 190 homes - and the remaining land used to create a link to Woolley Colliery Road with access to the housing development being via the former school site.

Coun Miller added: "As it stands at the moment I am in favour of these proposals. From what I've seen it will improve the traffic situation in that area.

"It will slow traffic coming down Darton Lane and create a safer crossing for children. It will also take pressure off the two existing bad bends driving up to Woolley Grange."

He said it would also improve parking for residents living near the new school.