The Campaign to Protect Rural England has spoken out against demands to develop Green Belt land.
At the Rotherham Local Plan Examination, which closed yesterday, housing developers called for releases of Green Belt sites that would allow house building in places including Dinnington, Wickersley and Treeton.
Andrew Wood, of the CPRE, said: “We may need more housing in South Yorkshire but it must be in the right places. This means concentrating on brownfield sites and achieving much better public transport.
“Letting new housing sprawl out into the countryside just makes matters worse, by not recycling derelict sites and housing people further and further away from public services.”