Campaigners battling to stop housing proposals

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Residents have drawn battle lines in a fight to stop developers from building on a field near a Doncaster village.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee is due to make a decision today over proposals to build a housing estate off Highfield Road, Askern.

But concerned neighbours have submitted an 85-name petition opposing the plans.

They have raised fears that the entrance from Moss Road into Highfield Road is already an overloaded bottleneck.

They have also warned that Highfield Road already has a problem with flooding from overloaded drains, and that the nearby Station Road level crossing is very busy.

The petition also claims that the additional traffic generated from the development will have an impact on children walking to school on Moss Road.

Askern Council is backing the residents.

But Doncaster Council officers are advising councillors to give the scheme the go-ahead this afternoon.

A report states: “The site is sustainable, being located close to facilities within Askern Town Centre and within 400m walking distance of public transport services.

“All planning issues such as highways, ecology, noise, flooding and design have been satisfactorily resolved.”

Officers have suggested that the developer, David Fielder Homes, should put up money for affordable housing and open space as a condition of planning permission.

What do you think about the plans to build on the site off Highfield Road?