Gypsy site and 35 homes approved

Rotherham Town Hall, Moorgate
Rotherham Town Hall, Moorgate

Dinnington will see 35 new homes built after plans were approved for a new housing development.

The houses will be built on the site off Monksbridge Road, eight of which will be classed as affordable housing.

Half of the site had been set aside for industrial usage in a previous application made by the same developers.

As one of the attached conditions, developers will improve and provide a footbridge over Eel Mires Dyke, transforming it into a landscape feature for the area.

Dinnington ward councillor Simon Tweed said: “Looking at the work that has gone on here, I’m happy to support the plans.”

“We’ve got 35 properties being built by developers looking to include 25 per cent affordable housing, and the dyke a feature will be brilliant for the area.”

Other councillors raised concerns that employment land was being lost to housing.

However, it was agreed that demand was not present in the area, as shown by other vacant industrial land with no plans for development.

Plans for a small gypsy and traveller site off Mansfield Road in Wales have also been given the go-ahead despite parish council opposition.

The parish council letter read “The Council consider that the grant of planning permission would result in inappropriate development next to Rother Valley Country Park and the Golf Club, and it would also not be a suitable development in the Green Belt.”

The plans, for four pitches and four portable toilets at the old Wales Sewage Bar, were approved at the meeting on Thursday 18th July.

Temporary permission had previously been given to the applicants in 2008 and a new access road will now be developed to improve safety and visibility on the main road.

One key factor in the decision was the fact that Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has not previously identified any sites to meet the needs of the gypsy and traveller community.

The plans were approved by a vote of 12-2