Industrial complex proposed as alternative to gypsy site

p11 byd'Coun Bill Gaunt, of Barnsley council
p11 byd'Coun Bill Gaunt, of Barnsley council
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LAND earmarked for a controversial gypsy camp plan which was later withdrawn could now be used for an industrial development which may create up to 124 new jobs.

The proposals for the site off West Road, Pogmoor, Barnsley, also include plans for 60 houses, a residential care home, a creche, and specialist homes for people with mobility problems.

It follows withdrawal of an application to create a gypsy camp on the land, which could have accommodated up to 20 travelling families.

The new plans cover the three acres of land earmarked for the gypsy scheme, plus a further two acres of adjacent land to the west.

The entire site is owned by six different people, all of whom are said to be in support of the plans.

Pogmoor Residents’ Association’s acting secretary Annabell Watson wanted to know more detail about the application.

She said: “There are a lot of questions I would want answering. I’m not sure why it includes a care home when care homes are always closing down.”

But Independent Coun Bill Gaunt, who represents Old Town ward, which includes the Pogmoor area, said: “Of the residents I have spoken to, most are in support of the application. Therefore, I have no problem with it as they are my electors.

“My personal view is that Barnsley needs a lot more employment land. We are 22,000 to 30,000 jobs short for the town’s population.”