Dispute over new housing estates in Barnsley will be decided in court

Unfinished business: Homes off Blyth Street, Wombwell
Unfinished business: Homes off Blyth Street, Wombwell

A court showdown will take place later this month with Barnsley Council taking action against a housing developer which – the authority claims – is in breach of planning rules.

The case against Gleeson Homes will be heard at Barnsley Magistrates Court at a hearing on February 25.

It is unusual for such disputes to get as far as a prosecution and, according to council documents, Gleeson’s have already made a plea of not guilty to the case against the firm.

The allegations focus on the way private drives and shared space for vehicles to manoeuvre have been finished at developments in Elwood, Lundwood, and Blyth Street, Wombwell.

According to the council, the case is that of: “Failure to comply with conditions associated with surface finishing of shared surfaces and private drives for vehicle manoeuvring.”

A Breach of Condition Notice was issued in February last year and had not been complied with, according to council papers.

Such notices apply when planning permission is granted with conditions, which are then not adhered to.