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Housing Plans Up For Public Scrutiny

Wednesday July 17 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

PLANS for up to 300 houses in Staincross will be subject to public scrutiny today.

The consultation, at Mapplewell Village Hall, Darton Lane, is on Wednesday from 4.30-7.30pm and has been organised by Community Consulting prior to submitting a planning application.

The land is part of a site allocated for housing in the draft of the local development framework, the council's ten-year planning policy document.

A leaflet handed out by Community Consultations says the draft master plan it 'currently envisages' is for a development of up to 300 houses, with two, three and four bedrooms.

It says: "The exhibition event is designed to provide the local community with the opportunity to review and comment upon the draft proposals.

"It is also an opportunity to meet the team who will be happy to answer any questions."

When it first came to light the land could be developed for housing in July last year, it came under criticism from a local green space group.

Chairman of Mapplewell and Staincross Greenspace Group, David Hilton, warned then that would leave the land open to residential developments on what is the only remaining open green space in Staincross and Mapplewell.

David, of Paddock Road, whose home overlooks the proposed housing site, believes the green space should be protected and former industrial 'brownfield' sites used instead.

"The site is close to Mapplewell Park and allotments, providing an area for residents and park users to exercise themselves and their pets," he said.

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Reply Posted by Beep Beep on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 15:20
It will make no difference as the council will end up building wherever they like. So far most sites this past year or so have been on greenbelt and not on brownfield sites. Examples are at Dodworth and Goldthorpe and then there are other sites such as Millhouse Green and Brierley plus others built in the past few years.

However it does make a nice change for BMBC to let people build on that side of town. They usually dump all the undersized, cheap nasty houses to the east of the town. Cawhtorne, Silkstone and the like are obviously exempt.

Reply Posted by Jon on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 16:07
Whilst ever Roy Miller is involved in the planning approvals, there is no hope that the residents of Mapplewell will get what they want. Roy seems keen on self publication and getting as much money as he can from the council, not representing his constituents views.
This clearly not wanted and the roads in this area are already cluttered enough with traffic. There is a dirty great patch of concrete on the other side of Wakefield Road behind the Indian restaurant and speed camera that is desperate for redevelopment, why not looking at the building being moved there to improve a situation instead of create more mayhem and development in an area which is fine as it is.
Roy Miller, Harry Spence should not be involved in any planning approvals for this land as they should be representing their constituents against the approval as this is the majority view.
If they are involved then they should be voting in a negative fashion to decline the proposal.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 17:27
I concur, the former Suba- Seal Factory would be far better suited for development and its a brown field site too.

As Spence (Turncoat) lives in the village, albeit the far end of the village, surely there is a conflict of interest in him being on the planning committee?

BMBC also tell us that we need 19,000 houses by 2045, the majority of which will be build on green belt land and at prices that local people can ill afford.
They also tell us that there will be no change in roads infrastructure to accommodate said new homes nor will there be any further school places to take into account the people who will be living in these new houses, so to sum up:
NO new roads
NO new School places

BMBC - NO bloody idea!

As for Miller, I went up to the village hall the other year when the "draft" proposals were available to view and as soon as he started getting grief from his "subjects", he was off like a bloody shot.

There was also no senior planning officer there, just some snotty nosed kid who was well out of his depth.
Oh and "Councillor" Burgess, the most "gaffe" prone "councillor" we have in the borough.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 18:51
This side of town, have you not drove through mapplewell, staincross or darton this past twenty years? just off the top of my head I can count 7 new estates within a mile of my house incluing the massive barratt, redrow and booker developments which have well over 300 houses on each We hardly have any land left to develop on.

Suba seal is prime for development but that costs more money.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 19:44
was that comment aimed at me guesty? I'm confused?

Yes I am aware of the mass of houses that have been built between Mapp and Woolley as I live smack bang in the middle.

As for the suba seal site, EU grant money IS available for any developer to develop any brownfield site.

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Friday July 19 2013 at 10:31
nah it was aimed at beep beep who doesn't seem to think we had any development this side of barnsley recently!

Reply Posted by Stevo on Friday July 19 2013 at 17:32
Ahh right, did you go up to the village hall for the meeting?

You do know who Beep Beep is right?
Our learned friend from the Dearne Valley me thinks.

ipso Regulated