Unpopular housing plan edges closer after latest application is passed

Mansfield Woodhouse residents opposed to a new development at Park Hall.
Mansfield Woodhouse residents opposed to a new development at Park Hall.

Unpopular plans to build 130 homes in Mansfield Woodhouse took a step closer after details were agreed by council planners.

The homes off Park Hall Road were originally rejected by Mansfield District Council, but overturned on appeal by the planning inspectorate.

During a recent planning committee meeting, an application from Barratt Homes Ltd was discussed to iron out the details, including the possible access to the site, along with layout scale and landscaping.

Speaking at the meeting, Barratt Homes’ Robert Galij said there had been “extensive dialogue” with the planning officers over the details.

This included providing detailed plans for each dwelling, internal roads and planting within the public open space they intend to provide.

The plans, which cover 5.4 hectares of agricultural land, have been heavily criticised since they were drafted up over two years ago.

Almost 120 people attended a public consultation in 2013 with 88 per cent raising concerns, primarily over increased traffic congestion.

Others were worried about school places, registering with local doctors’ surgeries and loss of an open space.

Thirty-five issues were raised in total, and their fight was backed by Mansfield and county councillor, Joyce Bosnjak.

Barratt Homes then angered Mansfield District Council’s planning committee who felt the housing firm had made a ‘thinly-veiled threat’ during a presentation, saying the council’s planning policy was out of date and would appeal if they rejected the proposals.

Mansfield District Council’s planning committee did reject the plans unanimously saying it was outside of the urban boundary. Barratt successfully appealed.