A DONCASTER councillor has called for a ‘mature debate’ over controversial plans to build a housing estate in Doncaster.
Developer Dantom Homes wants to build 150 new homes on an area of woodland next to Quarry Park, between Dunscroft and Dunsville.
Leaflets have been circulated around the village by the developer, outlining the plans.
Residents near the site have launched an online petitions opposing the scheme, warning it would cause dangerous amounts of traffic and leave children with nowhere to play.
They also say it would be damaging to nature in the area and have raised fears that up to 1,300 houses could be built there over the next 20 years.
Dantom Homes says it is trying to consult at the moment and adds the land has been used as a dumping ground.
Ward councillor Pat Knight has now waded into the row.
She said Quarry Park is not under threat, as the housing scheme is on a field next to the park.
It would be on land which has been privately owned for at least 40 years, she added.
Coun Knight said: “As a Friend of Quarry Park, like many residents I’ve walked my dogs there over the years and helped to fundraise to improve facilities on the park.
“But I also have an open mind about new homes, which are badly needed in this area, so that young adults don’t have to move out of the parish to find a home.
“The field does have trees on it, but it is not ancient woodland and is not marked on any map as woodland.
“No planning application has been submitted but if and when it is, it will be dealt with in the usual professional manner by council officers and the planning committee.
“There will be an opportunity for residents to have their say.
“I do hope that we can have a mature debate about this and listen respectfully to differing views.”
n Coun Knight is urging concerned residents to get in touch with her by emailing email@example.com with their views.