A Royston councillor has blasted proposals to build up to 200 new homes on the edge of the village.
Residents near Lee Lane have received a letter from consultancy firm NJL Consulting about the development including a plan of what it would look like.
But Coun Graham Kyte believes the homes should be built elsewhere. Main access to the site would be from Lee Lane and the houses would be built between Applehaigh View and Lee Lane farm.
There would also be a shop for residents to buy staples such as milk as well as public open spaces.
In the letter, NJL say applicants Strategic Land Group is preparing an outline planning application. More detailed plans would be submitted later.
It states the development will support the local economy, provide employment and contribute to the community.
It adds approximately £1.4 million available through A New Homes Bonus contribution is available - money paid from the government to Barnsley Council which must be spent in the local community.
Fifteen per cent of the new homes would also be affordable housing.
Coun Kyte said the community would benefit from more affordable homes and the former spring factory off the High Street would be more suitable, rather than building at the more rural Lee Lane site.
He said the Lee Lane site is more attractive therefore house prices would be more expensive and developers could make more money.
In the letter NJL has asked for feedback from residents.
NJL planner Juwan Murray said the response has been 'fairly understanding' and residents are aware there is a need for housing in the area.