MORE than 500 residents flocked to express their anger at plans for up to 2,000 homes on green belt land.

House builder Strata and planning consultants Spawforths also want to put up industrial units, a new school and a link road on land between Barugh Green and Pogmoor.

The two firms held a consultation with residents last Tuesday - but the majority of those attending were opposed to the plans.

Representatives were quizzed on the number of houses, why industrial units are to be built when ones at Dodworth remain empty, and why a green belt site has been chosen.

Nicola and John Conway, of Mawfield Road, Barugh Green, said they had spent money extending their house and enjoyed the open views.

Nicola, 32, said: "We are a young family, we've got four girls, and I can open my French doors and literally feed the horses.

"It was a perfect family home where you could grow up and grow old. What I'm getting now is industrial units and a busy road - it's absolutely ridiculous."

The developer has asked the council to include the site in its 'Local Plan' which identifies potential sites for residential and industrial development.

John England, strategic land director with Strata, said: "I think people wrongly think it's a done deal - it isn't. It's part of a number of sites that are put forward as part of this process."