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 http://rotherham.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/sp/finaldraftsandp 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!
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:
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.
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?
Rotherham Council are currently consulting on the next local plan and proposes to DOUBLE the size of Throapham over the next 15 years by building over 300 houses.
Over the 15 years after that a further 500 plus will be built, eventually surrounding Dinnington Comp on all sides. Have your say on the consultation here.
The red zone will be used in the initial expansion, with the blue area being set aside until 2028.
The final chapter of the Local Plan consultation has now begun! Rotherham council have revealed full details of the sites that will see new housing and commercial development over the next 15 years, much of it on our green belt.
Some of the highlights:
1. 240 new homes on fields behind Wentworth Way, Wentworth Way to be converted to a through road to service the development.
2. Hundreds of new homes at Throapham on fields behind Dinno Comp.
3. Miners Welfare ground to be partially sold to housing developers after a secret deal struck by Dinnington Town Council and MP Kevin Barron.
4. New industrial estate on green belt fields near Todwick Crossroads.
5. Pasture land in Anston to be used to housing.
6. Gypsy Camp to be built in South Anston near Kiveton Station.
Have your say on the proposals by clicking here.
Government inspector Richard Hollox has largely green lighted plans to build 1500 new homes in Dinnington, 1000 of them on green belt land.
The report in full is here.
Dinnington suffers from “an undue preponderance of vacant units and
charity and value shops”
“Dinnington East, will be removed from the Green Belt”
Dinnington has “the character of a small, bustling town with frequent bus services to
Rotherham and Sheffield”
Greenbelt land to the east of Dinnington (Lakeland Drive area) will be used as this is easier for developers to build on.
The high quality agricultural land will be worth losing as it means 700 houses can be build right next to Lakeland Drive.
No new schools, doctors, road or other infrastructure.
Other areas would have required a larger investment in schools, etc. from developers.
Dinnington residents will get their chance to express their views on whether or not the town’s green belt boundaries should be re-drawn to allow developers to build 1500 new houses in the area over the next 15 years.
Removing some of Dinnington’s countryside from the green belt would allow 940 homes to be built on fields currently used for recreational walking and cycling by local people for decades. The Miner’s Welfare ground could also be lost to house building.
The remaining 600 houses would be built on brownfield sites.
We believe that 1500 homes is far too much and a far more sustainable figure would be less than half that number. This would also mean green belt would not be required.
The Referendum is a Parish Poll and all residents of Dinnington parish can vote. It will be held on May 9th at the following locations:
Dinnington Resource Centre
Dinnington St Joseph’s School
Monksbridge Community Centre
Voting is from 4pm to 9pm, please come along and have your say!