I am writing to voice my objections to the proposed ‘new village’ planned for the green field site at the junction of Hollin Busk Lane and Carr Road, Deepcar.
This is literally green field land, next to Royd Farm.
On the other side of Hollin Busk Lane is green belt. Up the hill is the Peak District.
To the side of it are listed buildings belonging to Royd Farm.
Building on this site should be an absolute last resort.
With houses being built on brownfield sites at Fox Valley, proposals for 400 houses on the current sewage site and hundreds more proposed for the old British Tissues site there is absolutely no justification for building on these fields between Deepcar and Bolsterstone.
I remember objecting to building on this site more than 20 years ago.
Today I fear for the area my son will grow up in if the green spaces that we are lucky to be surrounded by are eroded away.
Below the site is Fox Glen wood used extensively by Royd Infants School in their Forest Schools outdoor lessons and local people for generations.
This area will effectively be destroyed when bulldozers and JCBs clear the area next door to it.
Wildlife habitats will be lost as will the rural border between Deepcar and Stocksbridge.
My concerns also focus on the increase in traffic problems, pressure on school places and doctors appointments that 93 homes and their multiple occupants will bring with them.
I would encourage any potential new home owners and planning officers to attempt to leave Deepcar and Stocksbridge between 7am and 8.30am every week day.
They would see very clearly that the roads cannot cope with an increase in the number of people living in the area.
I fear that if permission is granted to this development the council will open the floodgates to plans which disregard the green belt and surrounding areas.
I urge other residents to voice their concerns via local newspapers and the council’s planning website when the application is put in.
Further information can be obtained via the Upper Don Action Group website. http://www.udag.org.uk/