Objection to homes on site earmarked for housing development

Plans to put new homes on a steeply sloping field site close to Penistone town centre are being recommended for approval by council planners, though 30 people have objected to the development.

Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 3:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 3:23 pm
Objections: Thirty people have complained about plans to put homes on this site
Objections: Thirty people have complained about plans to put homes on this site

If planning permission is given for the site, off Talbot Road, it will clear the way for a more detailed application to set out the way the site would be developed.

Council officials are recommending councillors on the authority’s planning board approve the application, with the site already earmarked to take housing under the council’s Local Plan, which was approved earlier this year.

However, 30 letters raising a series of objections have been submitted to the council, along with four in support.

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Concerns include the loss of green space, traffic problems and the impact on the area.

Penistone Town Council were also concerned about the proximity of the site to the Grade I Listed St John’s Church, but that has been ruled too distant to be affected.

Coun Hannah Kitching, who represents the area, has also submitted her own concerns, which echo some of those in the letters of objection, including the impact on historical features in the vicinity, traffic congestion and the potential for Talbot Road to become a ‘rat run’ for motorists seeking to avoid the congested Bridge End junction.

Council officials have not raised objections and a conclusion to be studied by planning board members states: “ The site is an allocated site for Housing as shown in the recently adopted Local Plan and Highways have made a full assessment of the access into the site and are satisfied that, subject to suitable conditions, it meets the necessary standards.

“Details of scale, layout, landscaping and design, are reserved at this stage and these would need to be further assessed if any subsequent reserved matters application was submitted.”