Fierce objections to Askern development

Ros Jones, Labour
Ros Jones, Labour

The council’s planning committee is set to visit the site of a proposed residential development in Askern after hearing locals’ concerns about the scheme.

David Fielder Homes has applied for outline planning permission to build houses on land off Highfield Road, but residents have fiercely opposed the scheme, with a petition of 85 signatures and four further letters of objection.

The ward councillor Ros Jones - now elected mayor - had also objected on the grounds that Highfield Road was unsuitable for the additional traffic that the site would generate. There are also flooding concerns as the site is on a flood plain.

At a planning meeting on Tuesday, Joan Parkin-Coates, of Westfield Crescent, said: “There are 79 old people’s bungalows that are going to border on this development. Some 18 of them are on Highfield Road. The latter ones are yards away from the entrance to this new development. The people are in their late 70s and 80s.
“Old people are there for the peace and quiet, not the hassle that there’s going to be with all this construction work, noise, pollution and mess in front of their bungalows.”