PLANS for a Grand Designs-style house combined with a therapeutic care centre have been approved - despite the site being in the green belt.

Barnsley Council planners advised against approving the five-bedroom proposal, close to Scout Dike reservoir, but members of the planning board ignored their recommendation.

The building will function as a home, as well as an education and care facility using art - in particular sculpture - for educational and therapeutic purposes.

Applicants Mr and Mrs Simms argued that while housing is deemed inappropriate in the green belt, their application, for Lakeside View, Penistone, warranted 'very special circumstances'.

Coun May Noble said: "I think it's a superb site. It takes people out of what is an urban environment they're sometimes locked into, to somewhere like this that is very, very different for them.

"We don't have anything else like this in Barnsley and I think we''d be missing out if we don't support it."

The application received seven objections from local residents and opposition from Penistone Town Council but 30 letters of support were submitted to the council.