Gypsy site plan protest

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PLANS for a new travellers’ site on vacant land in Barnsley have upset residents.

Some 36 objections have been made to the council in response to the plans by developer Dennis Lycett, of Pogmoor, to create the 20-pitch site with community centre, site office and car parking.

The site, off West Road, Pogmoor, which has been disused for eight years, was home to a skip yard and is classified as suitable for employment and industrial purposes.

A remaining, derelict building at the site has been heavily vandalised.

The application said: “Converting the site to a viable use will remove the social blight and stigma of a derelict and unused site that has very little social, environmental or commercial value.”

Three alternative plans for the area involve mixed-use schemes, including housing.

Resident Barry Lowe said: “An opposition group of residents has mobilised and protests are gathering pace. A group met our new MP Dan Jarvis last Saturday and he has promised to take up our concerns. A meeting is arranged at the Hospital Club, on Pogmoor Road, tomorrow from 7.30pm.”

A Barnsley Council spokeswoman said: “The application has been publicised extensively but it is too early to say for certain when it will be considered by the planning board.”