Plans approved for 135 homes on ex-greenbelt at Rawmarsh

PLANS have been approved for 135 homes on former greenbelt land – 38 more than Rotherham Council initially recommended.

The authority removed the protected status of the 11-acre site at Rawmarsh in 2018, when it suggested it would be suitable for 97 properties.

Applicants Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire have been given permission to build the new estate, which is opposite Sandhill Primary School, on Kilnhurst Road.

There were four objections, relating mainly to the density of properties, traffic concerns and the prospect of overlooking houses on The Bridleway to the site’s western boundary.

The Taylor WImpey siteThe Taylor WImpey site
The Taylor WImpey site

One resident of that street said: “Me and my partner bought this house in 2020. We fell in love with the house due to having nobody overlooking our home, and for the views of fields upon fields.

“We will no longer have the privacy. The building site will generate crime due to things being left on the site.

“Kilnhurst Road is already a very busy road and this will get worse with more houses in the area.”

The development will include 92 dwellings with three bedrooms, 26 with two and another 17 with four.

Planning papers from Taylor Wimpey said: “The design solution is a well planned and high quality proposal that complies with local policy and delivers a variety of much-needed new housing to the area.

“In general the proposal meets high architectural standards and enables the creation of pleasant and recognisable streets. Development is set away from an important local wildlife site to the north.

“Newly created open space and connections are created alongside retained and enhanced boundary planting.”

A Section 106 Agreement will require the applicants to provide £340,000 towards education in the area and £67,500 for sustainable travel measures.

A council spokesperson said: “It is considered the proposal represents an acceptable form of development which meets minimum spacing standards without appearing out of keeping in the street or result in a detrimental impact to the occupiers of neighbouring properties and provides sufficient on-site parking.”

The site’s allocation was switched from greenbelt to residential when RMBC adopted its new Local Plan housing masterplan five years ago.