New homes plan on hold

Planning Committee Chair, Chris McGuiness  Picture: Andrew Roe
Planning Committee Chair, Chris McGuiness Picture: Andrew Roe

Residents of a Doncaster village have won the first round in a battle to stop their estate being used to access a new housing development.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee yesterday deferred a decision on an application to build 44 new homes on industrial land off Old Bawtry Road at Finningley following demolition of engineering buildings.

Councillors heard residents of adjacent Frobisher Grange were concerned about extra traffic using their road and causing congestion, and road safety fears.

David Hirst, spokesman for the residents, who are supported by Finningley Parish Council, said an access road from Moyes Lane would be more suitable.

“That would safeguard children using the play area from moving traffic,” he said, asking that any money Doncaster Council receives from the developers should be spent on a new pedestrian crossing over the busy A614 for the safety of children visiting the playground, which would also benefit youngsters living on three existing estates.

Planning committee members held a site visit last week and several members raised concerns about the access road.

Alex Buller, spokesman for developers In-Site Property Solutions, said they did not own the unregistered land suggested for the alternative access road.

“Frobisher Grange as the main access ticks all the boxes,” he said.

Residents of Finningley say it is a ‘beautiful English village’ which will lose its charm if permission is granted for the 44 residential dwellings and conversion of a barn to a house. Planning and highways officers have recommended the scheme be approved.

Frobisher Grange is a small development of large detached two-storey properties leading from Old Bawtry Road.

More than 24 letters of objection have been received.