Rawmarsh ‘village’ plans re-submitted

An artist's impression of the planned "village" that is set to adjoin the Manor Farm estate at Rawmarsh.

An artist's impression of the planned "village" that is set to adjoin the Manor Farm estate at Rawmarsh.

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PROTESTORS have renewed their objections to a scheme for a new ‘village’ at Rawmarsh.

Amendments to the original plans for a massive new build on green fields stretching from Harding Avenue to the Marquis pub at Upper Haugh, are before Rotherham Council.

Plans for the 278-home development on land owned by Fitzwilliam Estates was due to go before Rotherham planners in December.

But revised plans in a very lengthy document have now been submitted by applicants Taylor Wimpey.

The sprawling new estate that will sit next to the ground of Upper Haugh Cricket Club and border parts of Manor Farm, has a central boulevard with a village square and village green within it.

Lanes, meadows and courtyards within clusters of homes, together with an eventual shopping parade are all proposed.

But residents stand firm to their objections on grounds of a big increase in traffic on the busy roads serving that area, and loss of green space to an already well-populated part of Rotherham.

Christine Eyre, 66, of Symonds Avenue and Manor Farm TARA said: “A few residents received letters recently saying there had been amendments made to the original plans.

“But there are 224 pages relating to this application on the Council website and it is virtually impossible for a lay person to make out what exactly is being proposed.

“You need a degree in planning to understand it all”.

She continued: “I have written to the planning officers again about the issue of increased traffic, and the placing of a children’s play area right by electricity pylons.

“The whole idea seems senseless to many people round here, when no-one can sell houses at the moment anyway. I can only imagine houses standing empty”.

The Manor Farm TARA is requesting an ornithology survey after several sightings of rare birds within the area.

As part of a Section 106 agreement, should the plans go ahead, Fitzwilliam Estates must invest £159,570 in local schools, £90,000 in a multi-use games area and £10,000 on

upgrading bus shelters. And new residents will receive free South Yorkshire Travelmaster cards to encourage them to use public transport.

A spokesman for Fitzwilliam Estates said before Christmas that with speedy planning approval, building could get underway within six months.

The development will be staggered however, with building phases stretching over several years.

It will include a mix of detached, semi-detached, terraced and apartment homes, of which just seven-and-a-half per cent will be affordable homes.

The latest amendments are generally minor changes to specific properties and boundaries.

Upper Haugh cricket club has said it supports the scheme in principle, that will include a six metre high fence along the southern perimeter of its grounds, to protect housing planned for that area.

A Rotherham Council spokeswoman said the new application is to be considered by the planning committee by the end of the month.