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Housing Development Given Green Light

Wednesday August 14 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A HOUSING development has been given the go ahead by planning officials - despite objections over the loss of greenspace and concerns over access.

Site 4 Self Build asked Barnsley Council for permission to build 23 houses on former grazing land at Hill Top Lane, off Redbrook Road in Gawber.

The land where the development will take place is bordered by Redbrook Road, Barden Drive, Revenshaw Close and Samuel Square.

The proposed layout is based around a central village green with access off Barden Drive and includes four pairs of semi-detached houses and 15 two-storey detached houses.

The original decision to grant outline planning permission was made at appeal, and at the time the council argued the site should be retained as a greenspace but a planning inspector said the site was in a sustainable location.

The inspector said the fact a village green was included within the layout compensated for the loss of greenspace.

Residents' concerns included vehicle access problems due to on-street parking on roads leading to the development, which were said to be in a poor state of repair and susceptible to damage associated with heavy plant machinery.

Other worries highlighted were the loss of greenspace, potential damage to trees and the negative impact on biodiversity, the village green attracting children and youths to the area and there being no more need for first-time buyer houses in the area.

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Reply Posted by Kath and Steve on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 17:06
Disgusting that they are allowed to build on greenspace. They should be made to build environmentally friendly houses out of recycled products fitted with solar panels and water recycling etc. Its time we got greener and started protecting and saving our environment. Kathy of the green party

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 17:15
Kath and Steve, despite your "green" efforts, I have news for you, BMBC couldn't give a monkeys about the environment or the building on green space, they are only interested in pounds and shillings.

Reply Posted by Andy Cudworth Architecture on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 17:15
Kathy, there's no way BMBC would actually allow such innovative thinking. Ive tried several times but all planners want is something that looks like every other house and to match the local vernacular..!

It's about time planning departments look towards the future, instead of only ten or so years ahead. Makes a mockery of self builder, environmental groups and architects wanting to plan for the future. Who is it to say what a house should look like...?!

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Thursday August 22 2013 at 00:18
Andy there is no planning department at BMBC, there are a load of snot nosed little shits not from the area who have no idea what they are doing or care about the impact on the local area led on by senior management shits like Roy Miller who haven't a bleeding clue, or any experience in the area

Reply Posted by mark on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 18:46
It's all about the money.

Reply Posted by ET on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 20:52
Its all about greasy palms and backhanders this council is good at it as we all know.

Reply Posted by Patricia on Thursday August 15 2013 at 06:26
Soon there will be no greenspace for our future children it's so wrong, there are rules in place so why do councils and officials think they can break them . one rule for us one rule for them !!!!!!

Reply Posted by Peter H on Thursday August 15 2013 at 07:42
They will be giving permissions to build in Locke Park next

Reply Posted by Buz on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 21:31
Get a grip, so they should use that land, moaning about bedroom tax etc and lack of housing, now they fix it and people still moan, get a grip

Reply Posted by MPT on Saturday September 7 2013 at 18:14
The houses are not about making money they are part of a government scheme to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. They are being developed as environentally friendly propertys and as for building on this particular green space, if anyone has seen this piece of land it's an over grown partly fenced dumping ground which is an eyesore! People need to find out a little more about the development before jumping on their high horses. No I do not work for the company!

Reply Posted by Ron on Thursday July 9 2015 at 16:16
July 2015 no building on site what's gone wrong have people lost the money they deposited