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New estate of 'challenging' site would feature affordable homes

Challenging: The topography of open land off Talbot Road, Penistone, may increase development costs.
Challenging: The topography of open land off Talbot Road, Penistone, may increase development costs.
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Plans to develop a prominent site for housing could generate new affordable homes for Penistone, though the exact numbers may be dictated by the costs developers will face in constructing homes because the land slopes steeply in places.

Papers submitted to Barnsley Council as part of the application to develop the site, off Talbot Road, accept the topography is “challenging” and although Barnsley Council would expect to see around ten affordable homes as part of a new estate of around 40 houses, the final figure may vary.

Where there are unusual development costs, a ‘viability study’ has to be undertaken to set out expenses in developing the site against the profits a developer might expect to achieve.

If it is demonstrated that meeting expected quotas of affordable homes would tip the balance too far against the developer’s ability to make a profit, new figures can be agreed.

At the moment, Barnsley Council is expecting 25 per cent of the site to be given over to affordable homes and it is anticipated they would be provided on site, rather than the council being given a cash settlement to build houses elsewhere, which has happened frequently in the district.

Some parts of the site, where the slope on the land is at its most extreme, could be used to accommodate bespoke housing, designed to take advantage of the need to set the buildings into the slope of the land.

However, at present the council is being asked only for ‘outline’ planning permission, to clarify access arrangements for the site and to give a broad outline of how the developed site might look.

Further details will be confirmed later under a detailed planning application, assuming the outline plans are approved.