Council set to consult on additional housing sitesPublished Tuesday, 20th June 2017
Rotherham Council is to consult the public on additional housing sites in the Dearne Valley as part of its Local Plan for the borough.
In a report due to be considered by the Council’s Cabinet and Commissioners on Monday, officers will ask for approval to consult with the public on two housing sites in the Wath upon Dearne, Brampton Bierlow and West Melton area.
The Local Plan – which is a statutory requirement - is the Council’s 15 year plan to provide for future development needs for the Borough. It sets out how many houses need to be built over the 15 year period and which sites can be used for housing development and employment.
The plan is made up of two parts:
- Core Strategy, which sets out the headline numbers and strategic policies, was approved by a Government Inspector and adopted by the Council in 2014
- Sites and Policies, which identifies individual sites for development and provides detailed policies to assess all proposed future development against
The Sites and Policies part of the plan, which deals with allocating land for homes and jobs in the borough, was submitted to the Government in March 2016 before being examined by an Independent Inspector.
The Inspector has now written to the Council requiring it to identify and consult upon the additional housing sites in the Wath upon Dearne, Brampton Bierlow and West Melton area. This is to remedy a shortfall of around 500 homes against the Core Strategy housing target for the area.
“Since the Sites and Policies document was produced in 2015 there have been changes in the area with some housing land lost to business, hotel or retail development, and in some housing developments, fewer homes were built than originally expected,” said Damien Wilson, Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment.
“As a result the Council is proposing two additional housing sites and public consultation on these will take place between July 3 and August 14, subject to approval by Cabinet and Commissioners,” he added.
The two proposed sites are land off Far Field Lane, Wath, and land between Pontefract Road and Barnsley Road, West Melton. Information regarding the consultation will be available on the Council’s website.