New housing will create flood risk

New housing will create flood risk

By Gareth Dennison | 05/02/2021

New housing will create flood risk


LORRY access and flood risk have been raised as residents prepare for round two of campaigning against plans for housing at Catcliffe.

Proposals for 64 properties beside the Parkway accessed via Blue Mans Way were rejected after strong opposition in 2016.

Rotherham Council agreed with residents’ concerns about the land, which was allocated as urban greenspace at the time.

The decision was overturned at appeal in 2017 because the planning inspector felt RMBC was struggling to approve enough new housing.

The previous proposals, from Network Space, never came to fruition and the permission expired in February last year.

But in the meantime, the council had decided to remove the 2.66-hectare site’s protection, re-classifying it as residential land in 2018.

New plans from Strata Homes and Great Places Housing Group have been filed for 76 properties, including 22 flats.

The development would provide 100 per cent affordable dwellings, available for shared ownership and rent.

But there are concerns about the additional traffic particularly during the construction phase.


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Nigel Davey (49), who has lived on Blue Mans Way since 2006, said: “We understand there is a need for housing but access is the main bugbear.

“There are a lot of cars which are parked on the road, there’s two right hand bends and delivery drivers and bin men must struggle at times as it is.”

Another resident said: “The access is entirely unsatisfactory for the site traffic. Blue Mans Way is too small, has too many sharp bends and heavy goods vehicles will simply not get through. This would absolutely destroy the area.

“This is unsafe. The area suffers badly with surface water run-off. This has eased over the years with the growth of the trees on the area in question. Remove these, pave over the area and the area below will suffer.”

A resident on nearby Challiner Mews said: “I have major concerns regarding the access through Blue Mans Way.

“The existing road does not have the infrastructure to support any extra traffic. There aren’t even road markings.

“Also, there would be a huge risk to further flooding to our estate. Our garage has flooded twice in the past 12 months. This development would only make this worse.”

The applicants’ planning papers said: “The overarching design vision for the proposed development is to provide a modern and attractive development that offers a pleasant environment for future residents, whilst meeting the affordable housing needs for the borough.”

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