A controversial ‘hamlet’ of 88 new homes has been approved for a former industrial complex in green belt land - despite many objections.
The proposals for the Ben Bailey Homes development at the old Dyson Refractories site on Stopes Road, close to Stannington, also divided councillors with four out of 15 voting against what they described as ‘overdevelopment.’
The meeting had also heard from residents and Andrew Wood from the Campaign for Rural England.
Mr Wood said the scheme would mean the ‘distinction between city and country in that area will be lost’ while resident Mel Smart said the brownfield site needed redevelopment but not the ‘mediocre’ one before the committee.
Residents had major concerns about the impact on already busy roads as it is not easy to reach the site by any other means than car. The meeting was told local schools and doctors would be able to absorb the extra residents.
Officers accepted there would be ‘an effect on the green belt’ from the scheme although it was no greater than that already created by the site.
Other councillors said the complex was an ‘eyesore’ and there was no legal planning reason to reject the proposal.