Wildlife objections to seven houses planned for Aston site near woods

Plans for seven new houses in Aston are set to be given the go-ahead by councillors this week.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 1:35 pm

Land at the back of 91 to 95 Worksop Road would be used to build five, five-bed houses and two three bed houses, if plans are approved at Rotherham Council's next planning board meeting on April 29.

A planning statement by Coda Planning Ltd on behalf of Jaguar Estates, reads: "the site falls within the Aston Conservation Area. Careful consideration is therefore needed to ensure that any new buildings are sympathetic to the character of this area and do not harm its setting."

Plans for 16 homes for the site were knocked back in 2013, although it was recommended for approval, because of road and pedestrian safety concerns.

The council has received 16 letters of objection, including one from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, and one from the Aughton cum Aston Parish Council.

A separate application for 22 homes was refused in 2000, because of worries that the adjacent woodland would be damaged by surface water drainage works.

The developer has agreed to pay Rotherham Council £70,000 towards affordable housing in the area, if the plans are rubber-stamped.

The council has received 16 letters of objection, including one from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, and one from the Aughton cum Aston Parish Council.

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust wrote to the council with their concerns about Foer’s Wood, to the north of the site.

The letter says that Foer's Wood is a wet woodland, and may be sensitive to any hydrological changes - which the Trust says has not been properly investigated by the applicant.

"I am particularly concerned about the potential impacts of noise,lighting, domestic pets and again the hydrology on the protected species in Foer’s Wood," adds the letter.

An objection by Freeths Solicitors on behalf of a local resident states that "insufficient surveys" have been carried out about Great Crested Newts.

Aughton cum Aston Parish Council objected on the basis that "the development would result in an unacceptable high number of vehicle movements to and from Worksop Road, which would create unnecessary danger to local residents and adversely affect the residential amenity."

Residents main objections concern wildlife and flooding on the site, reduction in property prices, loss of trees leading to loss of privacy and lack of bus services should HS2 be implemented across Worksop Road.

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