Village plan fears

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COUNTRYSIDE watchdogs are calling for improvements to a scheme to develop the village of Wortley.

The Wharncliffe Estate has submitted its Wortley ‘masterplan’ to Barnsley Council, with details of housing, new employment space, more car parking and a sports field on 14 different sites in the village. The centre of Wortley is a conservation area and the village is surrounded by green belt.

The South Yorkshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is objecting to plans for two large detached houses on open land that was formerly the estate deer park and is part of the green belt.

“There’s no real justification for sacrificing this valuable landscape for a couple of large houses,” said planning officer John King.

The CPRE is also opposing proposals to cut down eight trees in the local wood to create 12 car parking spaces and has concerns about making sure enough housing is affordable for local people, that the buildings are built to the highest standards for sustainability and that the plans are supported by residents.