Green space concerns may override housing plan in Rotherham

A 64-home development planned for Rotherham should be refused, council staff say, due to the adverse effects it would have on the city's green infrastructure.

Young birch trees. Image: Pixabay
Young birch trees. Image: Pixabay

Developers Langtree Group have applied for planning permission to build up to 64 new properties on 2.66ha of land in Catcliffe, an informal green space planted with semi-mature trees.

But council officers have written to Rotherham Council’s planning board recommending it refuse the application. A 100-strong petition and around 70 letters of complaint were sent to the council regarding the plans.

Langtree had included an area of green infrastructure in the development, including a 7,500sqm tree buffer zone, areas of public open space and a small wildflower meadow. It had also reduced the number of dwellings from 72 to 64 to retain a larger area of green space.

However the report says the site is allocated as green space in Rotherham's Unitary Development Plan, and Langtree "has not demonstrated how the proposed development of the site will adequately compensate for the loss of a significant part of the Green Infrastructure asset".

"Furthermore the proposal would result in the loss of the majority of a developing woodland.

"It is accepted that the council cannot clearly demonstrate a five-year supply of housing but it is not considered that this would outweigh the significant impact that the proposed development would have on the local Green Infrastructure and allocated Urban Greenspace. It is recommended that planning permission be refused."

Noise impacts on residents were also cited as a reason to refuse the application, as the site is near the Sheffield Parkway.

The planning board is yet to make a decision on the plans.

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