Second housing development could be built on former Green Belt site in Rotherham

More than 50 new homes could be built on a former Green Belt site in Rotherham, if plans are approved by the council.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 4:40 pm
Over 50 new homes could be built on this former Green Belt site in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, if plans are approved by the council.

The site in Thorpe Hesley is a short distance from a new Jones Homes development of some 400 houses.

It was freed up for development when the council adopted a new Local Plan, a blueprint for where new homes and commercial developments will be allowed in the years ahead.

Under the proposals, land at the junction of Upper Wortley Road and Lodge Lane would be developed, the majority of which would be three and four bedroomed houses.

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The scheme would also include five bungalows, which would be given over as 'affordable housing' under a council rule which now demands 25 per cent of new developments are given up for social housing.

Planning documents state that bungalows are in demand in that area, and the council would treat them on a 'two for one' basis, with each effectively counted as the same as two conventional homes because two town houses could be put on the space needed for one bungalow.

The rest of the developer's responsibility would be covered with a cash payment of £180,000 instead of more affordable homes on site.

They would also hand over £126,000 to cover the impact more residents will have on the area’s education system.

Four residents have raised concerns about issues including how the site will be drained and the impact on traffic in the area.

Council officials have no objections to the scheme, with councillors being recommended to approve it.