Residents have been left outraged after plans were announced to build a ‘humongous’ housing development on the fields opposite their homes.
Neighbours in the Doncaster Road area of Hatfield have been told a planning application for some 460 houses is to be submitted to Doncaster Council in January.
Stanley Mee, 62, who lives in Doncaster Road with his partner Philomena Cavanagh, 58, said: “We have been here for seven years. At the end of the day we bought this property because we are overlooking farmers’ fields and the wildlife that’s in them.
“Everybody is really angry. We’re talking about getting a pressure group together.
“It’s going to be a humongous development.”
Locals were informed of the proposals after a leaflet was put through their letterboxes last week. They were invited to a consultation meeting and exhibition, which took place last Tuesday.
About half of the concerned residents were available to attend the meeting, with others unable to attend due to the short notice.
At the meeting, residents said they made several comments about issues and problems including the impact the proposed development could have on traffic, views, wildlife and house prices.
Mr Mee said: “The traffic situation is horrendous anyway - whether you’re travelling out of Hatfield between 7am and 9.30am because of the schools or coming back into Hatfield in an evening. That can take you the best part of an hour from Sandall Park to Doncaster Road. If you have another thousand cars on the road, it’s just going to be horrendous.
“The residents have bought these properties because of the view and that’s going to be obliterated with houses.
“There are also foxes, barn owls, rabbits, hares and deers - they’re going to have their habitat taken away.”
He added: “They’re trying to convince everybody but you have 91 dwellings from Broadway up to Ings Lane and they’re going to knock £10-15,000 off the value of their properties.
“Our neighbour has been here 50-odd years. She was distressed, she is 70 and she was in tears at the meeting.”
A spokesman for developer Hallam Land Management, based in Sheffield, was unavailable for comment.