The eastern parcel at Avant's Smithywood project has 1412 homes. Credit: planning documents

Barnsley tipped to greenlight 300 homes

Avant, Duchy Homes and Yelcon are all hoping for success with proposals across the borough.

The largest proposal comes from Avant Homes, with 179 homes proposed across two parcels either side of Smithywood Lane.

Both parcels of land are mostly agricultural, with the eastern plot abutting housing at Calver Close.

The western parcel contains 38 homes: 11 pairs of semi-detached houses, three blocks of three terraced houses, and seven detached homes. Of these, 14 would be allocated for affordable housing. Access to the site would be from Smithywood Lane in the north-eastern corner.

On the eastern plot, 141 homes are planned: 30 pairs of semis, eight blocks of three terraces, two blocks of four terraces, and 49 detached houses. Here, 40 homers will be affordable.

Of the total 54 affordable homes, 37 are for affordable rent.

Access to the site would be from the head of Calver Close to the north-west of the site. There will be a loop road arrangement with frontage access. The most significant element of the proposed Section 106 agreement is a contribution of around £1m for education.

Avant’s plans have attracted 33 letters of objection.

In a revised project, Yelcon Construction and the Cornell Group have put forward 83 homes north of Wood Walk, Platts Common.

The site is bounded by the  Wombwell Wood roundabout to the east and sits between the A6195 Dearne Valley Parkway to the north, and the B6096 (Wood Walk) to the south.

Platts Common and Hoyland are to the south-west of the site, featuring residential and commercial development, with farmland to the south.

Yelcon’s site has a history of opencast mining, and it is this history that has led to revisions being required for a 2021 consent, also for 83 homes but with a layout now deemed undeliverable, due to discoveries made during remediation.

Seventy five homes will be for open-market sale, and eight affordable. There will be 14 two-bedroom homes, 50 three-bed, and 19 four-bed.

According to the project’s design & access statement, Sten Architecture has worked with Yelcon and sister company Camstead Homes on the scheme’s design.

Duchy Homes and the Church Commission are seeking reserved matters approval for 46 homes and associated works on land off Darton Lane, a greenfield site currently used for grazing horses.

Again, Sten Architecture is advising.

Darton Primary School is to the west of the site and Darton Business Park to the south-west, separated from Duchy’s site by a railway line. Thirty seven homes will be for open-market, and nine affordable homes.

Barnsley’s planning committee meets on 18 June, with approval for all three schemes recommended. Avant’s planning portal reference is 2021/1642, Duchy’s 2023/0566 and Yelcon’s 2023/0988.

Duchy will include nine affordable homes. Credit: planning documents

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