Sports village developers to ‘look at other solutions’

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Plans for a £15m sports village near Nuthall and Kimberley could still go ahead despite its application being rejected, say developers.

Oxylane, the firm behind the proposed 50-acre leisure facility, wants to build on greenbelt land off the A610 Eastwood bypass.

Its plans were turned down by Broxtowe Borough Council but Oxylane Village director Luke Fillingham says the firm’s ‘aspirations remain unaltered’ and it will ‘look at other solutions’.

Mr Fillingham said: “We will assess the options and intend on finding a solution because our ultimate intention is creating a fantastic sports village for Broxtowe. Our aspirations remain unaltered.

“We still believe it will work. We know the benefits it will bring - jobs, sports opportunities and investment.”

The plan was refused by councillors because they said it was inappropriate development on greenbelt land.

It is understood Oxylane has since withdrawn the application ahead of a formal notification of the council’s decision being issued. This means the decision is now left in limbo.

Councillor Steve Barber, chairman of the council’s development control committee, said councillors had only just become aware of this legal loophole.