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Meeting about green belt development takes place

By Lynsey Bradford, Town Reporter Tuesday 15th April 2014

ALMOST 150 people attended a public meeting in Gawber about plans to build hundreds of houses and industrial units between Barugh Green and Pogmoor.

It was called by the Keep It Green 2014 group, which is concerned about the 'destruction' of green belt land between Barugh Green, Pogmoor, Gawber, Redbrook and Higham.

The site was pinpointed in Barnsley Council's 'Local Plan' which identifies potential sites for residential and industrial development and is part of the economic strategy up to 2033.

About 1,300 leaflets were sent out to households in the affected areas with details of the meeting and Gawber Community Centre was packed out with people eager to learn more.

Group member Ian Preddy, 71, of Gawber, said the turnout was 'absolutely brilliant'.

He gave a presentation about the loss of greenbelt, and the consequences of past speculative development.

At the end of the meeting, a collection raised £340 to cover costs to that point and future activities.