AN appeal has been lodged after Barnsley Council sided with dozens of residents against the proposed construction of more than 200 new homes in Carlton.

The plans to build the 215 houses north of Shaw Lane were knocked back by Barnsley Council’s planning board last year following a number of concerns from residents.

The site consists of a 7.57-hectare area of land that forms part of MU3 and the Carlton ‘masterplan framework’.

This parcel of the Carlton site is located to the north of Shaw Lane and is currently used as agricultural land with areas of marshland.

The surrounding area mainly consists of other fields and undeveloped land to the north and south that are also the subject of local plan allocation MU3.

That includes the former Carlton Colliery immediately opposite to the south of the site.

A report adds that the number of children coming to the area would increase by almost 80 - and the local schools currently do not have enough capacity

Therefore developers would have to spend more than £1.2m on education to ensure that the plans are deemed acceptable.

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“The secondary school for this area - Outwood Academy Carlton - will not have sufficient school places to accommodate this development and the primary phase is also under pressure.

“The pupil yield from this development will require an additional one and a half form entry in primary and an additional form at secondary.”

A total of 50 letters were received following consultation, 32 of which were objecting to the plans.

The main issues involved inadequate access, loss of green space, negative impact on local wildlife and not enough facilities to cope with the additional residents.

The report added: “The plans fail to include a small local shop for the benefit of the local community in this part of the site which is a requirement of the masterplan framework.

“The proposals also fall short on achieving the minimum housing density figures required by the masterplan.

“Again, the absence of a firm commitment to comply with the housing densities in the masterplan is unacceptable from a local plan housing delivery perspective.

“Furthermore, the applicant has not demonstrated that foot and cycle links provide appropriate levels of sustainable access to and from the site.

“The links shown to the TPT cannot be fully achieved without land outside the applicants control and walk distances to public transport far exceed the 400m walk distance guidelines.”

An appeal has now been lodged with Barnsley Council, though no decision date has been set to date.