Worries over housing plans mount as third application made

Worries over housing plans mount as third application made

By Gareth Dennison | 10/09/2021

Worries over housing plans mount as third application made


CONCERNS about land contamination, a geological fault line and increased traffic have been raised as a third attempt is made to build housing at Kimberworth.

Plans have been submitted by Campbell Homes for ten detached dwellings east of Crane Drive, with access by extending the cul-de-sac on Welling Way to the north.

But residents say the land is unsuitable for the housing plan for several reasons, including a fault line running across the middle of the site.

Donald Bird, of Crane Drive, said: “The fault line runs virtually outside my front door. They propose to build ten houses on the old reservoir land.

“I think the reservoirs were built around 1935, so they are now showing their age and stress points.

“I am sure that permission would not be granted nowadays, especially on a hillside overlooking a busy Rotherham town centre.”

Outline permission was granted to KeyLand Developments in 2017 for nine properties on the land.

This expired and a joint application from KeyLand and Jaguar Estates was withdrawn in 2019 before a decision was made.

A 2017 report by Rotherham Council warned that remediation works might be required to bring the site into a suitable condition because of the potential for contamination in the soils.

A site plan drawn up for Campbell Homes in March this year acknowledges the fault line.

It says: “This may require special foundations adding to the cost of the development.”

John Krol, of Welling Way, said the narrow cul-de-sac at the end of the road was designed for its six dwellings rather than the potential 14 more houses.

“There are times when we find it difficult to exit or enter in a safe manner, mainly 9am and 3.30pm during school terms.

“If these plans go ahead, there is a possibility of a further 20 or 30 extra cars trying to get up and down the cul-de-sac, which in my opinion is unsafe and not acceptable.”

Another Crane Drive resident added: “I want to raise my concerns to any disturbance that will happen with regards to the current contamination of the land, as this is highlighted in previous attempts to build.

“My biggest concern would be that construction could seriously disrupt the geo fault line running in front of my property and straight through the proposed building site.”

The new proposals have been reduced from a plan for 14 homes following discussions with RMBC planning officers.

The matter will be heard by the council’s planning board at a date to be fixed.

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