New ‘village’ is passed

PASSED: The new "village" adjoining Manor Farm at Rawmarsh.
PASSED: The new "village" adjoining Manor Farm at Rawmarsh.

By Sally Burton

A NEW “village” of 278 homes is on its way to Rawmarsh – despite a mass protest by residents.

Rotherham Council planners approved the massive Taylor- Wimpey build, off Harding Avenue and bordering the Manor Farm estate, last week.

They overruled the many misgivings of locals, that brought 34 letters of objection and just one letter of support – from the Upper Haugh Cricket Club.

Objections were made to the loss of greenfield land and increased traffic, along with grave concern about a MUGA (Multi-use Games Area) being placed under high voltage powerlines, and around an electricity pylon.

Planners quoted National Grid guidance to dispel links made between childhood leukaemia and electro-magnetic fields.

Sport England recommended a larger MUGA with an advanced rubberised surface – but this was also quashed by the committee.

The sprawling development of mixed designs will have 21 affordable housing units, to be sited in three areas next to the cricket pitch – with new netting to protect residents – a proposed retail area and a small “village green” within the plan.

Building will extend towards Wentworth, as far as the Marquis pub at Upper Haugh.

Conditions of the build include that landowners Fitzwilliam Estates should provide a £10,000 refurbishment of bus shelters, £159,570 for extra school spaces, and £90,000 towards the MUGA.

There will be a tree-lined spinal “boulevard” running through the development, which will be accessed from Harding Avenue. Walkways will run from Symonds Avenue, Machin Drive and to Wentworth Road at the north of the site.

Manor Farm Tenants’ and Residents’ Association is against the loss of open land and Christine Eyre, 66, of Symonds Avenue campaigned against the build, calling it “senseless” and questioning the demand for further housing when properties stand empty or remain unsold.

The TARA also requested an ornithology survey and their objections included the danger to a known skylark habitat.

They have also complained of a lack of consultation, with only selected households receiving notifications.

The “village” will be built in several phases stretching over several years. Although there is a land allocation for a shopping parade, this did not feature in the just granted planning permission.

The site will include a mix of detached, semi-detached and apartment style homes, to be set in some cases around courtyards. Along with the “village green” there will be a “village square”.