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Protests over plans to build houses in South Yorkshire

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Plans to build 1,800 executive houses in a South Yorkshire community have been criticised because they are not for first-time buyers and could put a strain on services.

Penistone Town Coun Peter Starling said: “The major part of Barnsley Council’s plan is that the development in the Penistone area should be for executive homes not starter homes. They are more the sort of thing you would move on to and aspire to.”

He said a questionnaire had revealed local people wanted affordable homes.

Coun Starling said: “People worry. There’s a shortage of school places which is being addressed.

“Springvale Primary School was rebuilt under the Schools for the Future initiative, by Barnsley Council about three years ago and I understand the school is full.”

Springvale headteacher Andrew Platt said: “We welcome all children in our area but there needs to be an acceptance that buildings and resources be adequate to support their education.”

Coun Starling, a governor at Thurlstone Primary School, said: “There’s a lot of concern in Thurlstone.

“It’s a smallish village and there are a couple of chunks of land surrounding it that the council has changed the designation of, which would allow the possibility of building on them.”

Thurlstone headteacher Charlie Gibbons said: “We are currently bursting at the seams, so we wouldn’t have room at the moment.”

But Penistone’s GP surgeries are geared up to take on extra patients.

Wynford Morgan, business manager for The Penistone Group Practice, said: “We have already anticipated the demand and have recently opened a surgery in Thurgoland to cope with any surge in new patients.

“We have the space to accommodate more doctors too, so it is not a problem for us.”

 

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