by Jacob Broadbridge
Plans for 150 new homes on the former Westfield School and Sports Centre were given the go-ahead this afternoon.
The school and centre was closed in 2006 due to the brand new opening of Westfield Secondary School on Eckington Road.
Agents DLP Planning Ltd were today give the green light for the 150 affordable houses with a new way of accessing the site off Moss Way.
Residents and one councillor raised concerns over the dust emissions and noise.
Coun Jack Clarkson also expressed a concern for the ability nearby surgeries can adapt and cope with more numbers of patients. This also comes after Westfield Medical Centre has recently shut down.
He added: “When a developer puts in a plan there needs to be a playground. Why allow the developers to do it when there are no facilities for children?”
Due to the loss of the schools facilities, he questioned whether replacements had been successfully put in place.
The size of the land designated for the build was also questioned, if it was capable of holding the amount of homes proposed.
However, Coun Peter Rippon said: “I am just pleased to see there is affordable housing on this site”.
The plans were approved by the overall majority of the council.