A ‘smoke screen’ excuse for houses

Cllr Phillip Owen is opposed to a plan for 300 more houses in Nuthall.
Cllr Phillip Owen is opposed to a plan for 300 more houses in Nuthall.

A council has granted a planning application for 300 houses to be built on a business park after claiming it would take 40 years to fill.

Nottingham City Council said the uptake of floor space at the park off Woodhouse Way in Nuthall had been ‘significantly lower than anticipated’ and it could take 40 years to ‘complete the build out programme’.

But Nuthall councillor Philip Owen said the figures are based on the recession years and it was just a ‘smoke screen’ excuse to build on the land.

“It’s extremely shortsighted,” he said.

“I know we have been in a deep recession and business premises up-take has not been great, but we are now starting to come out of it and there will be an increasing demand for places, such as those on the park. It’s a smoke screen to try and cover up the fact they want to change the use of the land.”

The councillor went on to say locals were ‘very unhappy’ about the plan because of the extra traffic and the lack of school provision.

“It’s not fit for purpose. Local residents are very unhappy about this and I consider it to be extremely shortsighted and ill thought-out.

“There will be additional traffic on an already over-loaded infrastructure, and there’s a particular concern from people on the Assarts Farm estate about school provision.

“Developers say children can go to city schools, but if you look at Offsted reports for that area they are mediocre to say the least so there will be a huge pressure for places at Mornington Primary School, which is already at capacity,” said Cllr Owen.

Chris Gibson, the head of the planning committee at Nottingham City Council, said: “We gave quite consideration to whether the original plan for the business park was viable.

“There was also questions asked about medical facilities, shops and schools and we were assured there was space at schools in the area.”

The plan includes a mix of two to five bedroom homes.

This latest news comes just weeks after a mini village with 555 homes and a school was refused permission on greenbelt land just north of the park.

Planning permission for Nottingham Business Park was granted in 2000 when it was anticipated it would take 15 years to fill up. It is currently 25 per cent full.