Thursday, April 18, 2019

News: Plans in for large Rotherham housing development

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A planning application has been submitted for a 450 dwelling development on a former greenbelt site in Rotherham.

Landowners and applicants, AE Waddington, R Parkes & V Foers, successfully secured a residential allocation for the nearly 50 acre site off Lathe Road / Worry Goose Lane at Whiston through the development of the borough's Local Plan.

The site consists of two arable fields divided by a bank and hedgerow and sits between existing housing and Sitwell golf course.

Plans, drawn up by JVH Town Planning Consultants Ltd, state: "The overall vision for the site is to create an attractive and sustainable development, to provide a new living environment which will provide a mix of new homes, open spaces and attractive recreational areas in keeping with the edge of settlement location.

"The site has been actively farmed for arable crops under modern farming methods. The site is contained within two land ownerships, both of the land owning parties are collaborating to bring this land forward for development and have progressed the site through the stages of the development plan and now are working together to obtain an outline planning permission."

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A number of assessments have been included with the application covering highway matters, ecology issues, landscape, flood risk and drainage, utilities, ground conditions, air quality, and heritage assets.

The application has already attracted a number of objections.

One of the main issues is the impact on the local transport network and assessments conclude that the increased traffic can be accommodated on the road network without the need for highway improvements other than at Worrygoose Roundabout and the A6021/B6410 Junction.

Rotherham Council has previously highlighted that Worrygoose Roundabout requires £1m of upgrades and can be paid for by contributions from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which the applicants in this case will have to make a significant contribution to.

The development will also need to support affordable housing policies.

The plans conclude: "The scheme will provide an attractive development providing homes and open spaces on an allocated site together with making the necessarily planning contributions and CIL payments to enhance services in the surrounding area."

Waddingtons is perhaps best know for commercial development in Rotherham, bringing forward sites in Aldwarke, Eastwood and Dinnington.

Images: Google Maps / JVH

11 comments:

Anonymous,  April 18, 2019 at 3:12 PM  

When permission is given to these applications it should be on condition that all hedgerows and trees on the site remain and properties should bounderies should fit around them even if the number of units proposed as to be reduced.These are valuable bird nesting habitat and you would hope that the developers are also aware that all birds nests are covered by the wildlife act with a £5000,fine any single nest disturbed

Unknown April 18, 2019 at 6:35 PM  

As a resident born and raised in Whiston im hoping that the houses that are built are for sale purposes and not to rent out to people on benefits. This way its professional people only and it won't ruin the landscape or its heritage.

Unknown April 19, 2019 at 8:11 PM  

I endorse everything you say.... but rotherham council... well lets not get into that

Unknown April 20, 2019 at 5:59 PM  

The houses should be available to people on council waiting list.its pathetic that they should be for sale

Anonymous,  April 21, 2019 at 12:37 AM  

Rotherham Council should be making sure any housing built it for social houses given the desparate shortage of decent affordable housing for both the working and people on benefits!!!

Anonymous,  April 21, 2019 at 6:51 AM  

Infrastructure wobbling now, why build on attractive green belt with valuable arable use to disappear.wildlife will suffer and habitats will be damaged. There are problems with drainage now, so what will happen in the future. Urban sprawl is bound to impact our pleasure on an attractive area.

Sumon April 21, 2019 at 4:22 PM  

Are you wanting to check bank accounts before people move in

Anonymous,  April 23, 2019 at 3:02 PM  

I am fully in support of this development, this area is in need of new homes!! As a potential first time buyer myself, I have been following this area of land for a while and I am very excited to see what will be developed here. In regard to the social housing, there will be allocated plots for this, but who wants a whole estate of social housing, it would really decrease the value of Whiston and Wickersley as a whole! Fair enough have some houses, but an entire estate would be like Beirut on a bad day!

Lived in Whiston for 35 yrs April 24, 2019 at 2:10 PM  

I am not sure this makes much sense. The fact that houses will replace green fields is what would destroy the landscape and the heritage in our village. The increase in traffic would cause more air pollution and make our roads even more dangerous for our children not to mention the strain on our local schools, doctors, dentists and other local amenities.
As for landlords and rentals I would prefer affordable housing if this went ahead so real people could afford to live there and not just people with money making more money from the less fortunate. All in all I think this project is a terrible idea and I am completely against it.

Anonymous,  May 17, 2019 at 6:41 PM  

My main concern would have to be traffic congestion! I live on worry goose lane & at peak commute times ie work & school times the road is already heavy & often stood with traffic inc cars,buses & hgv vehicles. Leading i would believe to severe levels of exhaust fumes,which considering there are two schools in the area & a fairly high level of elderly residents in the area i don`t understand the logic of further congestion & poisonous gases in this area,so i would object vigorously to this development.
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Anonymous,  June 7, 2019 at 4:43 PM  

All in favour of new housing but not for the landlords to make more money from people who cannot afford to buy. These should be made available for 1st time buyers only and not greedy investors!

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