A PLANNING windfall of £57,600 from the new Chesterhill estate will be spent locally in Thrybergh and Dalton.
Rotherham Council confirmed the cash from the Engie-led consortium will go on children’s play areas, road safety and sports pitches.
Construction vehicles finally moved on site this week after permission was granted for 164 properties at Chesterhill and 73 on Whinney Hill.
RMBC leader Cllr Chris Read said: “The council will make every effort to ensure that the sustainable transport and green spaces funding allocations will be committed to the local area.
“The sustainable travel contribution will be used to support measures to promote walking and cycling between the site and local shops, schools and bus routes.”
Engie will fund three pedestrian refuges on Oldgate Lane, while £46,000 will be spent on two Thrybergh play areas.
Cllr Read said: “The Bill Winder play area on Vale Road is in need of investment and the play facilities at Thrybergh Country Park are also in need of improvement.
“Both sites will benefit from this funding.”
A further £11,000 in Section 106 money will be used to improve sports pitches in Thrybergh and Dalton.
Ward members and parish councillors will be consulted on exactly where, Cllr Read added.
Chesterhill campaigner Michael Sylvester welcomed the commitment to spend in the immediate area.
He said: “The extended delay in the initial development has contributed to the deprivation levels we have locally and this will start to help relieve some of those issues.
“It is also welcome that the democratic planning process has listened to concerns from myself and other residents to bring about these financial contributions, and to amend the scheme to include an informal children’s play area and increased measures to protect local ecology with extra tree planting and bird and bat boxes.
“There will need to be close scrutiny of the measures to encourage walking from the site with the triple junction of Hollings, Oldgate and Park Lanes being particularly difficult.
“Hopefully, residents’ calls for an improved crossing outside the primary school will be listened to.”
The Chesterhill site stood empty for more than a decade after the previous houses were demolished.