PLANS for 450 homes on former greenbelt land at Whiston have been approved by Rotherham Council.
Planning board members voted in favour of the application, from AE Waddington, R Parkes & V Foers, this morning (Thursday).
The houses will be built north-east of Worrygoose Lane on land taken out of the greenbelt by RMBC in 2018.
There had been 320 letters of representation sent to the council, including three from Whiston Residents Action Group (Wrag), one letter from the village’s parish council and another from Alexander Stafford MP.
Increased traffic on nearby roads, particularly the bottleneck Worrygoose island, was the main objection.
The permission is pending an agreement which will include highways improvements at the roundabout (below).
These comprise widening Worrygoose Lane, a 500-metre bus lane on the A631 East Bawtry Road to the west, widening the Broom Lane and Herringthorpe Valley Road approaches and adding a pedestrian crossing on West Bawtry Road to the east.
Other requirements of the agreement are £500 per dwelling for sustainable transport, £300,000 for bus services and “education contributions in accordance with the council’s adopted policy”.
Planning board members approved the application by ten votes to two.