Mayor’s fears over plans for 159 homes

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The Town Mayor of Penistone has warned that public services could be stretched to ‘breaking point’ if a new housing development gets the go-ahead.

Persimmon Homes has applied to Barnsley Council to build 159 new homes on land off Hartcliff Road in Penistone.

The company says the scheme will benefit the town.

But the planning application has prompted concerns from residents and Jon Cutts, the Town Mayor.

He said that Hartcliff Road is a country lane that was not built to cope with construction and domestic traffic.

Coun Cutts also expressed concern that public services would be put under further strain, with schools in Penistone over-subscribed and public services struggling with government spending cuts.

He said : “Penistone’s infrastructure is reaching breaking point, we cannot cope with this scale of a new development.

“According to our public consultation, 96 per cent of local residents are against large developments on farm land and green areas, and 70 per cent want to protect distinctive views.”

A spokesman for Persimmon Homes said: “The proposals have been formulated in full consultation with the community of Penistone, local businesses and stakeholders, and officers of the Council.

“The scheme will deliver new high-quality housing, within a landscaped setting, appropriate for the need of a range of executive and professionals within Barnsley.

“The proposals are sustainable and deliver net economic, social and environmental benefits to the area.”

The planning application can be viewed on Barnsley Council’s website until August 9.