Housing scheme gets thrown out

Councillor Alan Atkin. Picture: Andrew Roe

Councillor Alan Atkin. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Plans for a housing scheme on a former school site in Wath have been rejected after more than 100 residents objected.

Gleeson Homes wanted to build 34 homes on the former Park Road Infant School site.

But planning chiefs in Rotherham rejected the scheme after a 90 name petition and 19 letters of objection were handed to the council.

Residents complained that the scheme would reduce privacy for neighbouring homes, impact on sunlight into gardens and cause traffic congestion in Park Road.

Members of the planning board agreed there would be a negative impact on privacy and rejected the scheme on the basis that “the proposed development would result in the overlooking of private amenity spaces and the proposed development would represent overdevelopment of the site.”

Geoffrey Scherdel, a member of the Park Road Residents’ Group, said after the meeting that the developers were “trying to put a pint into a half pint glass.”

Wath councillor Alan Atkin said afterwards: “I would like to see this site redeveloped because it has been vacant for about ten years now. But it needs to be the right development.”

Nobody from Sheffield-based Gleeson Homes was available for comment at the time of going to press.