Views wanted over plans for green belt

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Consultation on scaled-down housing plans for green belt areas of South Yorkshire is to include two open days.

The events, organised by Rotherham Council, are between 2.30pm and 6.30pm next Tuesday, June 4, at Anston Parish Hall, and at the same times on Thursday, June 20, at Dinnington Resource Centre.

A spokeswoman for Save Our Greenbelt Dinnington and Anston Action Group said: “As a great deal of the green belt has been saved in Dinnington and Anston, the local community should congratulate itself on opposing development of the green belt so vigorously.

“However, as some of the green belt is still under threat this is no time for complacency. This is not the end of the road for local community action, but the beginning of a new phase in our campaign.”

The group’s campaign has been praised by Planning Minister Nick Boles.

Under changes, Anston has no preferred sites for development in the Rotherham Council plan.

However, land between Woodsetts Road and Rackford Road is to be released from the green belt together with land at Throapham – which could be developed from 2028. The plans involve removing green belt status from both of the sites in the near future.