OAPs back battle over homes plan

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WORRIED care home residents have signed up to a campaign to fight controversial housing plans on their doorstep.

Doncaster Council planning officers are recommending proposals for eight new homes on the site of what is currently a garage and bungalow are given the go-ahead next week when they go before councillors.

Plans involve three terrace houses, two semi-detached houses and a new access road built as a cul-de-sac at Cow House Lane, in Armthorpe.

But a petition opposing the proposals, signed by 106 people, organised by the neighbouring Ernelsthorpe Manor and Lodge nursing home, has been sent to the council.

Those who have signed the petition say it would overshadow the home, which is only one-storey high, and would mean residents were overlooked.

A home spokesman said: “If this planning application were granted this would seriously affect the natural light coming into the lounge and bedroom areas that are immediately adjacent to the proposed two storey development.”

Bosses fear the scheme would make the home less appealing to residents.

Armthorpe Parish Council has also opposed the plans, claiming they are not in keeping with the surrounding properties.

But a report before Tuesday’s meeting of the planning committee stated officers considered the development of two-storey homes was appropriate to the location as long as they were built a reasonable distance away from existing buildings.

It said the surrounding area was not considered to have a distinct character.

The report added: “The proposed development is considered to make good use of the site, providing a good quality house development that meets separation distances.”