Category Archives: Greenbelt

Rotherham Council to Consult Dinnington on Future House Building Next Week

Rotherham Council will be holding a drop in session in Dinnington next week to tell local residents about plans to build new houses and industrial units over the next 15 years.

6 Nov 2014      14:00 – 19:00   Dinnington Resource Centre, Laughton Road, Dinnington


Please do go along and have your say, also look online at and register your views for the record.

I would urge everyone who cares about our local area to take part and have your say, it’s no good doing nothing now and moaning later folks!

Housing Development near Swinston Hill and Lakeland Drive

This is a  scaled back version of the 2011 plan when RMBC wanted to go all the way out to the Butterfly House with 1200 houses, but it has probably sparked more opposition than any other in Dinnington.

It a 240 home housing estate, possibly partly “affordable” possibly not given recent government relaxation of rules. Access for the new owners would partly come from a new access road on Swinston Hill, facilitated by demolition of an existing home.

Approx 80 of the houses would be served by making Wentworth Way into a through road, a contentious decision on a road where parking is already something of a problem.


Developer’s idea of what the site could look like:


New Travellers Camp for South Anston?

Yet another of the recent “gifts” from Rotherham Council in their Local Plan, this proposed travellers site is situated on the RMBC works depot near Kiveton station. It actually falls within the boundaries of Anston, but appears on the Wales maps. Not that people in Thorpe Salvin, Kiveton or Wales are going to be chuffed about it, but a classic RMBC smoke screen manoeuvre to try and keep folks in Anston unaware.


New Houses for Central Dinnington

A couple of new sites have emerged for housing in central Dinnington near Tesco. They are green space, but not protected greenbelt and are bound to be less controversial than others as they are near to public transport and shopping.


If you have any opinion on these sites or others be sure to let Rotherham Council know as there is only a few weeks left on the consultation. Do you use any of the land we’ve covered for your recreation, or would you like to buy a house there? Either way have your say here.

New Housebuilding in Anston

In the latest of our series we look at two small pockets of housing to be built in Anston over the next 10 years or so.


We have 38 homes going onto the pasture land at Pennypiece Lane, nice views and nice location will mean these houses will fetch a good price.

The old Kirkby Central site will also be developed to provide 30 new homes. Not sure if we are losing the petrol station here or how they will provide access onto the beleaguered local roads. Not much of a view either, just lots of noise and pollution from the A57 but that doesn’t put the rest of South Anston off.

New Housing will Increase Traffic by 20-25% in Dinnington and Anston!

Rotherham Council have predicted that their plans for Dinnington and Anston will see traffic volumes in our area rise by 20-25% over the next 15 years. This compares to 14% nationally and 8% in the rest of rural Rotherham.

Journey times in some cases could double as 1500 new houses are built and over 15% of new industrial land is built on our greenbelt, all without improvement to the road system.

1. The new A57 route will have to be compromised to allow access to a huge new industrial estate.

2. Swinston Hill will have to be altered to provide road access to approx 160 new homes.

3. Wentworth Way converted to the through road to service 80 new homes.

4. Oldcotes Road and Monksbridge are will need alteration as Throapham doubles in size.

5. South Anston crossroads will require alteration to allow new volumes of traffic from Dinnington to access the A57.

Dinnington Welfare to be Lost? High Nook and Leicester Road to be Joined?

In our latest article on forthcoming house building plans for Dinnington we focus on the Lorden’s Hill area and the Miners Welfare in particular.


The Welfare is not just the now demolished Park House of course, it consists of a large recreational field and is owned by a massive charity called CISWO. It was of course originally owned by the Dinnington miners but after the coal mining industry collapsed CISWO went around hoovering up assets and managed to grab themselves quite an empire. The land is currently greenbelt.

Now a secret deal has been reached in Dinnington to allow the demolition of Park House to go ahead unopposed and for a third of the welfare to be sold to housing developers. Some of the money would hopefully return to the town to allow the building of another community centre on the site. CISWO would still retain ownership of all the land.

The deal is supported by Dinnington Town Council, Kevin Barron MP and CISCO, along with some local citizens of Dinnington. No guarantee exists as far as we know that the money will find it’s way back here, or how much of it the town will get.

As part of the wider development Leicester Road may be joined onto the High Nook estate, although as far as we are aware residents are yet to be consulted about these plans.

Across the road from the welfare is a further piece of greenbelt coloured blue on the photo, this will be reserved for future houses beyond 2028.

Please let us know your opinions on the plan, what do YOU think would be god for the area?