Residents fear resurrection of green belt housing plans

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Residents opposing development on green belt land in South Yorkshire fear plans for thousands of new homes are back on the table.

People living around Dinnington are worried that sites on both sides of the town could be developed under plans being assessed by an inspector on behalf of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

A spokeswoman for Save Our Greenbelt Dinnington and Anston Action Group said: “We are aware of several options that exist, including one for up to 7,123 homes.

“In Rotherham Council’s core strategy for future development, it is claimed that only 1,100 homes would be built in the Dinnington area.”

Save Our Greenbelt campaigners have successfully opposed earlier plans for large-scale housebuilding in the area.

As well as construction on agricultural land, the group is worried playing fields in the town could be built upon, including Dinnington Recreational Ground.

The spokeswoman added: “What happens if the inspector finds that more green belt is needed for housing?

“Rotherham Council and its councillors can hold their hands up and say, ‘not my fault’.

“What does the local population get out of it?”