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Residents Complain After Council's Decision

Thursday May 2 2013

Cllr Tim Cheetham Cllr Tim Cheetham

RESIDENTS have complained to the Ombudsman over Barnsley Council's decision to approve plans for a supermarket on the former Royston High School site.

Sam Morgan, of Doles Crescent, Royston, said residents aren't happy with the decision and has logged the complaint after speaking to the council.

The Local Government Ombudsman acts as a watchdog for local authorities to make sure they're acting correctly and complaints can be made about planning procedures.

"We're not happy with the reply from the council and we feel we need to go to the Ombudsman with it now," Sam said.

"We just don't think the ASDA objection (about the high school plan) was not properly considered. To be honest when something that big comes in, the decision should've been deferred.

"We just don't think it's all been considered properly."

ASDA said the impact of the development would be more severe on business than stated in the application because figures used were out of date.

Councillors on the planning board gave the green light for the £7 million scheme in February with a new supermarket, petrol station and more than 140 new homes off Midland Road.

This was agreed despite objections from local councillors and residents and all three Royston councillors.

Cllr Tim Cheetham said he was sure the Ombudsman would investigate the matter fully, looking at the application process and the planning meeting: "There was a very strong feeling about it by the community and it doesn't surprise me that members of the community have reached the decision they have reached," he said.

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Reply Posted by PJ on Thursday May 2 2013 at 13:06
I live in Royston & am delighted that the plans have been accepted & hope to see work start soon. Although 300 people may have some sort of opposition, there are also plenty of people who are happy for the development to get underway!!

Reply Posted by tanya on Thursday May 2 2013 at 13:10
I live in Royston but just moved in not long ago I do think it is a good idea to bring jobs in for local ppl and it should bring new possibilitys for the area. Just hope its the right ppls to get the jobs

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday May 2 2013 at 15:35
I am at a loss to understand all the fuss over this development. Firstly, I doubt that 300 residents (as previously reported) have written to the council to object to the scheme. A few may well have written and other people may, I suspect, have signed a petition. What I would like to know is why the three Royston councillors oppose the development? Are they saying that Royston does not need the additional jobs or the additional housing? Are they saying that it is wrong for Barnsley Council to sell the land for £7m? Has anyone heard a good reason from any of the three councillors as to why they oppose the development? Is it a political stance that they are taking thinking that they should back the 300 objectors? If so, what about the people who are in support?

Personally, I support the scheme as it should give a boost to Royston's economy and provide much needed housing.

Someone called Sam Morgan appears to be a spokesman, who is he? who is he a spokesman for? and why is he involved? Doles Crescent where he lives is well away from the development site. Why is he objecting? and what does it have to do with him?

Lots of questions, does anyone have any answers?

Reply Posted by john on Wednesday May 8 2013 at 18:23
i live in royston and not herd anything about the plans for another supermarket hope but hope its a aldi or lidl , but i cant see the need i had herd about the housing and there was talk about a family pub

Reply Posted by fay on Saturday May 11 2013 at 11:48
We dont need another supermarket or another petrol station and more houses Yeah great but i bet there all private and there will be family homes So where do all the children that are moving in go to school because the primary schools in Royston are full No i dont agree with this decision at all Why dont they put this land to good use instead of the council just fillling there pockets with money !!!!!!!!