PLANNING permission has been granted for a major housing estate on a former school site in Barnsley.

A mixture of 163 two, three, and four-bedroom houses will go on the site of Kingstone School at Broadway. 

The school closed in 2012 and merged with Holgate to form Horizon Community College.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the plans - despite several objections from residents in Broomfield Close and Horsewood Close concerned about overlooking and loss of privacy.

Alistair Flatman, from developer Taylor Wimpey, said there was a minimum of 26 metres separating the existing and proposed properties, way above the standard 21 metres.

The developer will provide almost £294,000 towards the cost of providing green space off-site, and £150,000 towards the refurbishment or expansion of local primary schools, with the education department yet to determine which.

Access to and from the site once complete will be via a new traffic light-controlled junction onto Broadway.