Thursday, April 18, 2019

News: Plans in for large Rotherham housing development


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."


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


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.

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!

Anonymous,  August 5, 2019 at 2:26 PM  

"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."

Note that nests of breeding birds are only protected whilst being built and/or in use during the breeding season. This comment is not relevant outside the breeding season when hedgerow removal works are likely to take place! A hedgerow will not be spared just because it 'might' hold breeding birds in the future or has held them in the past.

Anonymous,  December 29, 2019 at 3:04 AM  

Birds nest in UK from late February (mistle thrush) to October, so the window for hedgerow distruction is limited. Developer should be aware of this and also aware that there are people out here who care about environment and no much much more than they do about such things as nestibg seasons.... And we're watching😉

Nigel Simpson,  January 6, 2020 at 10:57 AM  

Yet another green breathing space and food production site allowed to go ahead.
Along with nature, many people visit this area for dog walks or a breath of fresh air.
Instead we will have more pollution with Worrygoose island becoming like Whiston crossroads,
with backing traffic into other areas.
Not to mention trucks and cars who use Bawtry Road as a short cut when the motorways are busy or blocked
Another lost Green space - why can’t we have what London has more parks for people...

Anonymous,  January 24, 2020 at 11:08 AM  

I echo the sentiments of the majority of the comments. We are close to gridlock on many occasions in the area and massively so at Worrygoose Island. The lower end of Worrygoose Lane is an accident black spot now so will only serve to exacerbate this problem. The negative effect on the environment, flooding, pollution, nature etc is a big worry. Why so many? Use the town centre before considering green spaces surely?

W.Young.,  May 1, 2020 at 2:30 PM  

Yes, professional people only. God forbid the great unwashed get a chance to live somewhere decent. You are an unmitigated snob and a nimby.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2020 at 9:38 AM  

This makes me so sad! Spent my childhood growing up on Lathe road and playing in those woods. My mum grew up on lathe road and played in those fields and woods. It’s a beautiful area, why ruin it with houses. The wooded area floods anyway, putting houses on there would create issues!

Everyone is equal August 14, 2020 at 9:55 PM  

If you think that professional people will not ruin the landscape you are sadly deluded the sheersize and scale of what is preposed will have a huge impact on the environment everyone is entitled to a home

Anonymous,  October 27, 2020 at 12:21 PM  

So sad to read of this development. Spent time a as child growing up here and playing in the woods and fields. I appreciate homes are needed but this should never be at the detriment of this wild life. Never has it been so important as now to protect our environment and have green space to excercise freely in. I feel so sorry for the local residents and I can't imagine the strain it will put on the schools, doctors, roads and so on. A sad read.

Anonymous,  April 21, 2021 at 8:47 PM  

450 houses means at least 450 cars!!!

That area is a bottleneck!

Well done RMBC!!

Why don't we use more of the brown land for housing???

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