New estate bid angers locals

Labour candidate Chris McGuiness held Armthorpe Ward at the election vote 2014 for Doncaster at Doncaster Racecourse. Picture: Andrew Roe

Labour candidate Chris McGuiness held Armthorpe Ward at the election vote 2014 for Doncaster at Doncaster Racecourse. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Councillors will hold a site meeting tomorrow to help them decide if a Doncaster village can cope with another 45 homes.

Residents of Finningley say it is a ‘beautiful English village’ which will lose its charm if permission is granted at next week’s planning committee meeting for the erection of 44 residential dwellings and conversion of a barn to a house, following demolition of existing industrial buildings on land at Old Bawtry Road.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme be approved, but councillors want to see for themselves what the access to the four-acre site would be like and the impact of such density of housing on the character of Finningley.

The proposal is being scrutinised by the planning committee, as development of part of the site for housing represents a departure from the authority’s development plan, and because of the number of objections received.

Access to the estate would be from Frobisher Grange, via one of the existing routes into the engineering works site. Frobisher Grange is a small development of large detached two-storey properties leading from Old Bawtry Road.

The application has attracted 16 letters of opposition, raising concerns about access, traffic crossing on the bend of Frobisher Grange, insufficient school places, and the density and type of housing not being in keeping with the village.

“Finningley is a beautiful English village which is slowly losing its charm,” said one objector.

The parish council has also objected.

But planning officers say the proposed development is considered acceptable because it will deliver a wide choice of quality homes, widen opportunities for home ownership, and create sustainable, inclusive and mixed communities.

The proposal includes four units of affordable housing and the developers, In-Site Property Solutions Ltd, will have to pay £51,000 for open space amenities on site.