PLANS to build four new properties in Carlton have been met with disdain by local residents who say the additional houses will only exacerbate the issues locals are already facing.

An application was submitted to the council’s planning board in February to erect the new properties on Carlton Road, at the junction with Wood Lane.

Two of the properties will have two bedrooms and the other two will be three-bed.

However Kerry Daniels, who lives nearby and whose dad lives on Wood Lane, told the Chronicle the area is already a ‘rat run’ for parents at Outwood Academy Carlton - and these plans will only make the current issue worse.

“Wood Lane is currently a rat run for parents picking their kids up and dropping off for Outwood Academy Carlton,” she said.

“The current situation on Wood Lane is that during school terms the parents drop and collect their kids on Wood Lane, at 2.30pm every day it is like a car park with parents waiting for their kids.

“If an emergency vehicle were to attend the old people’s bungalows on the two cul de sacs opposite they would struggle to get access.

“There is no public footpath on that side of the lane and the build is proposed to start 13 metres from the junction of Carlton Road and Wood Lane.

“If these houses have two or more cars or visitors there is no safe parking at all.

“There has been two accidents on the junction already.

“It will generate four lots of council tax but there will be a serious accident one day on that junction with the volume of traffic that now uses it.”

The council has set a target decision date for the plans on April 25.