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Councillor Blasts Housing Proposals

Saturday August 24 2013


Cllr Graham Kyte Cllr Graham Kyte


A COUNCILLOR has blasted proposals to build up to 200 new homes on the edge of Royston.

Residents near Lee Lane have received a letter from consultancy firm NJL Consulting about the development including a plan of what it would look like.

But Cllr Graham Kyte believes the homes should be built elsewhere as the site's main access would be from Lee Lane.

There would also be a shop for residents to buy staples such as milk as well as public open spaces.

In the letter, NJL say applicants Strategic Land Group is preparing an outline planning application. More detailed plans would be submitted later.

It states the development will support the local economy, provide employment and contribute to the community.

Fifteen per cent of the new homes would also be affordable housing.

Cllr Kyte said the community would benefit from more affordable homes and the former spring factory off the High Street would be more suitable, rather than building at the more rural Lee Lane site.

He said the Lee Lane site is more attractive therefore house prices would be more expensive and developers could make more money.

"Local members are very much against this development as I'm sure many local residents are. It's as clear as day affordable houses on a site such as the former spring factory site in Royston would be better for the local community," he added.

"But clearly the developer will not make as much money from this. I hope the planning board will agree if an application is submitted the adverse impact of the development far outweighs the advantages."

What do you think to the proposed plans? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by AHR on Saturday August 24 2013 at 18:23
Who's gonna buy the unfordable houses then ?

Reply Posted by Beep Beep on Sunday August 25 2013 at 19:13
Has everyone not realised that ALL of the new housing being built around Barnsley are nearly all on GREENBELT land. Look at Dodworth, Royston, Goldthorpe, Bolton plus all the green corridor rubbish which will get built from Hoyland to the Dearne?!

All the brownsites are being ignored whilst the labour council are slowly but surely chipping away at the lovely countryside. We will soon be as built up as other areas such as the North East.

Reply Posted by Nevprice on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 14:40
I don't think that there are any proposals to build on green belt land in Royston.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 16:11
Nevprice, WRONG!

The houses talked about in the post ARE to be built on green belt land, I have seen the draft proposals!

Reply Posted by Nevprice on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 16:22
It is you that is wrong Stevo.

I too have seen the proposals, although that in itself is irrelevant. The land where it is proposed that the development takes place is not green belt.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 19:45
So the horses field that floods isn't greenbelt then?

I think you have been reading different plans to me lad.

Reply Posted by nevprice on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 23:31
The area of land which you describe and on which the proposed development is to take place is not designated as green belt. I have previously told you that. You would do well to listen as you may learn something.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 15:49
Ok i'll give you the benefit of the doubt, are we both talking about the same plot then?

It seems not as how can a horses field not be deemed green belt?

Reply Posted by nevprice on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 22:22
Of course we are talking about the same piece of land. How many times do I have to tell you that it is not green belt.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Thursday August 29 2013 at 06:38
I'm still sure its green belt.

Can you tell me if its green belt?

Reply Posted by Dan on Friday August 30 2013 at 23:47
Green grass doesn't make a piece of land green belt

Reply Posted by Donna Jones on Thursday September 12 2013 at 17:26
There are I'm afraid-the bottom of Lee Lane just below the farm. Also on land that locals call the Isle of Skye. I don't know if you are a Roystoner but the large new school we have was built on green belt land and surprise surprise the old school site and fields are now being built on.

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 12:40
Probably worried as more expensive the house e.g. on Lee Lane are statistically more likely to be occupied by non Labour voters. Worried about your vote?

Reply Posted by Charles on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 16:32
Mr Kyte. Please tell us what is wrong with developers making money?

Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 20:05
Oh here we go....

Yet again the old "affordable" Housing ploy, the percentage of affordable housing should be 50% and by affordable I mean a price that the average Barnsley worker can afford , so for instance - Average wage of Barnsley worker = £14k = £17k X 3 = "affordable" house of either £42k or £51k, its never going to happen in a million years is it?
Even at £42k / £51K the developer would still make a modest profit.

What the area will get is shoe box sized houses shoe horned into every available spit of land starting @ £100k.
£100k for "affordable" housing in Barnsley is unrealistic as the buyer would need a £30 - £40k deposit and the average wages in Barnsley just don't stretch that far.

Take the former high school development, 200 houses wasn't it? £100k for the smallest of shoe boxes up to £250k+ so the maths, very very good for the developer isn't it?

That's how the money if made my Tory chum, but I needn't tell you this, you already know.

Reply Posted by jilly on Friday August 30 2013 at 21:13
why the hell should they build them on spring factory site.bet the folk who live on lee lane wouldnt object then.as long as its away from them they not bothered

Reply Posted by Bob on Friday August 30 2013 at 21:22
The only people that will benefit from this is the planning committee and the councils planning department. There back pockets will be stuffed with fat brown envelopes once again! Bent as a nine bob note lot of em!

Reply Posted by nab on Friday August 30 2013 at 22:40
i hope they are all 1 bedroomed houses

Reply Posted by Dan on Friday August 30 2013 at 23:50
Why? Bought and private rented homes are exempt from bedroom tax, if that's what you're getting at.

Reply Posted by PJ on Sunday September 1 2013 at 17:28
My understanding from the meeting that I attended where this was discussed was that the greenbelt areas had been reclassified by the council. Also, all proposed areas for development were grouped as 1, 2 or 3 - 2's can't be built on until all 3's have & 1's until all 2's & 3's have. I'm relatively sure that the area in Lee Lane was designated as a 1 & I'm certain that all of the 2/3's in Barnsley have not yet been built on. Have the rules changed again?

Reply Posted by Carl on Sunday September 1 2013 at 18:21
There is also proposals for houses to be built on Wakefield Rd, (Staincross). A Green belt development of 200 houses. How will anyone get out of Lee lane, onto Wakefield Road. The infrastructure is not in place, the road will be not be able to cope.
We had a meeting with the consultants, they said they were not aware of the Lee Lane development or the Spark Lane Mapplewell, so had not made any allowance for traffic!!!. With special regard to the Wakefield Road they were treating the threat of flooding with "we will just pass it down the line". There is natural springs on this land, and the water has to go some where.
There is planning granted for houses on spark lane Mapplewell but this is brown field and will cost more to develop than a Green belt piece of land. Surely the developers should be forced to build on this first.

Reply Posted by Donna Jones on Thursday September 12 2013 at 17:23
Is anyone planning any petitions or lobbying of any kind? We have a few people in Royston who are trying to make people aware of what is going on. The problem is that sometimes people don't worry about things until they have happened and it is too late, or feel that there is no point because the powers that be will do what they want anyway-I can't help thinking they might be right.