Protest rally to halt Ardsley homes plan

A planning application is being considered for 10 houses at the reservoir. (d620d428)
A planning application is being considered for 10 houses at the reservoir. (d620d428)

Protesters will rally against proposals to build on a popular beauty spot when planning chiefs visit the site tomorrow (Thursday).

The council’s Plans Panel are considering an application by Stonebridge Homes and Keyland Development to build 10 detached houses on Haigh Moor Road, near Ardsley Reservoir.
Members of the committee will visit the area first hand on Thursday morning before deciding whether or not to recommend the application for approval. The application has already been revised on two occasions, first to reduce the number of potential homes from 12 and then to include details of coal mining which will be carried out on the site if the plans are given the green light.

Local residents had complained that they were not made aware of the applicant’s intentions to mine around 2,000 tonnes of coal from the land, which would take place over a three week period before the houses are constructed.

The latest proposal has been greeted with 245 objections, with concerns over the impact on green space and car parking cited as some of the reasons.

Coun Jack Dunn (Ardsley and Robin Hood) said: “In principle this is not a development area at all. It is a beauty spot. For the people who live round here that’s their local park. People come from all over to walk round. There’s a feeling that they’re pinching away at this lovely site and it will soon be completely enclosed with houses.

“Should they begin to mine that would mean we’d have eight to 10 wagons a day rolling along the road, and it just can’t cope with it.”

Members of the Plans Panel committee will visit the site on Thursday morning before making their recommendation later that day. A final decision will then be made by a planning inspector. An original application for 12 houses on Haigh Moor Road was first advertised by site notice in July last year, but subsequently had to be revised twice, partly due to residents’ claims that they hadn’t been properly informed.

Developers had first made enquiries about the site in 2013. Plans for building on the land would see the present car park retained, although there are fears that it may not be big enough to accommodate the likely number of extra cars on the road.