Plans for 94 homes in Doncaster given the go-ahead

St Oswald's Church at Kirk Sandall - one of many opening its doors this weekend.

St Oswald's Church at Kirk Sandall - one of many opening its doors this weekend.

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Plans to build 94 homes have been approved by Doncaster Council – despite residents’ objections.

The homes will be built off Grove Road, Kirk Sandall.

As part of the plan, an unused grade two listed barn on the site will also be converted into two homes.

A separate listed building consent for the conversion of the barn is being considered.

The homes will have two, three and four bedrooms and five will be ‘affordable’.

Residents will be able to take advantage of access to St Oswald’s Church and the towpath of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.

The scheme has also been designed to respect the character of the barn and the church, which is also a grade two listed building.

The proposal was given the go-ahead at a meeting of Doncaster Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, despite some objections being raised.

Residents complained the development would destroy a quiet area that is often used for walking and lead to an increase in traffic congestion.

They also raised concerns there was no public transport to the site and vehicle access was also poor.

Gillian Johnson, of Friends of St Oswald’s Church, who attended the meeting, told councillors she was concerned a lack of parking would lead to conflict between future residents and visitors to the church.

She said: “The church had 1,105 visitors between April 2014 and March 2015, so to not make any plans for enough parking for the church is ignoring the conflict that will arise from this.”

But case officer Mel Roberts reassured the committee that visitor car parking spaces would be built alongside the new homes – but he was unable to give an exact figure of how many.

The Churches Conservation Trust, which cares for and owns St Oswald’s Church, and Doncaster Civic Trust welcomed the development.

It is thought that the scheme will stop the barn from falling in to disrepair and also remove the possibility of the building being vandalised.

Planning permission was granted on the condition that cycle storage worth £10,000 will be built at nearby Kirk Sandall train station.

Development on the site had previously been rejected because it falls within a flood plain.

It is not yet known when work will begin, but under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 building must begin within in the next three years.