Plans approved for 42 homes in Worsborough

Councillors have approved plans to build 42 new homes on Mount Vernon Road in Worsbrough.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 4:45 pm

The 1.3 HA site, across the road from the now demolished Moun Vernon Hospital, is currently used for sheep grazing.

Applicant Dutchy Homes will be required to pay more than £240,000 in S106 contributions to the community, including £144,000 for nine primary school places, £66,000 towards off-site green space, £25,000 for a play area, £41,000 for “formal recreation”, and £31,000 in sustainable travel contributions.

At least 15 homes on the development will be required to be affordable homes.

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The former hospital site.
The former hospital site.

Residents lodged 24 objections to the scheme, on the grounds of traffic, loss of green space, wildlife and trees, noise pollution, and too much development cumulatively, as 70 homes have been approved on the Mount Vernon hospital site.

A planning report states that one objector made reference to 300 objections, “but this referred to proposed allocation of the site at local plan stage, and not this planning application”.

During a meeting of Barnsley Council’s planning committee on June 8, resident Martin Matze urged councillors to reject the proposal, stating that it would lead to loss of privacy, and would not be in keeping with local surroundings.

He suggested that 25 homes may be “more suitable” for the site, and told the meeting that “the suggestion that it gives a soft edge to green belt is offensive”.

Andrew Burton, a planning officer for the council, told the meeting that the proposal met the council’s standards, and the land did not have a high habitat value.

The plans were approved by councillors.