FURIOUS residents are gearing up to save their local field which has been earmarked for social housing.

Plans for the development, off Cobcar Lane, Elsecar, have been greeted with anger and dismay by the people who live in the surrounding area.

They say the council-owned field, which used to have play equipment, has been used as a play area and football pitch by local children for more than 55 years and should remain a green space.

Ann Loxley, 54, who lives on Cobcar Street, said: "It's the only green space we have around here and I was completely stunned and upset when I got a letter saying they want to build on it.

"There are always kids playing there, it's been a play area for all my life and even longer and I cannot understand why anyone would think this is a good idea - it is not."

The opponents claim some local residents have not even been notified of the plans which are for a Berneslai Homes development comprising a block of five flats and two four-bedroomed houses.

A spokeswoman for Berneslai Homes said: "We are investigating the possible development of a site on Cobcar Lane to develop low cost rented council housing.

"Affordable housing is needed in the local area and across the borough to satisfy demand from families on the council housing waiting list."