I understand there was a site meeting today in Pennypiece Lane including the members of RMBC Planning Committee, four Anston Parish councillors and approximately twelve local residents who met to discuss the proposals to build 28 new 4 & 5 bedroomed detached houses and 2 bedroomed affordable bungalows new homes on land next to Pennypiece Place.
Independent councillor Clive Jepson was there to give his support to all those who have objected to the proposed plans. Labour Borough councillors Jonathan Ireland and Katherine Wilson did not attend the site meeting.
Duchy Homes proposal and plans are here: http://www.pennypiecelane.co.uk/ and the RMBC webcast is here: https://rotherham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/366714
From the comments I’ve heard and the perception from the webcast is that this is a ‘Done Deal’. The discussions at the site meeting were a sham. Every objection raised was glossed over and the Chairman of the Planning Committee seemed to be unduly hasty in making sure the plans were approved. Was there, like the previous Labour administration used to do in Anston secret confidential meetings beforehand by committee members to make sure everyone was ‘onboard’ with the proposals?
It is strange that the two Labour councillors did not support the residents nor did they attend the site meeting-if they say they were working why didn’t they object in writing? They claim to be serving the best interests of all Anston residents.
The question for Cllr.Ireland, Cllr. Wilson and the Labour controlled Planning Board is: does your party loyalty take precedence over legitimate and valid concerns voiced by residents who will be affected by this proposed development? The answer seems to be in the affirmative.