Amenities fear over new Clipstone housing estate

A MAJOR residential scheme which would see more than more than 400 homes built in Clipstone has moved a step closer.

Newark & Sherwood District Council has 'backed' Retail Ventures Ltd's plans to build 420 properties on land at Cavendish Way on the upmarket Cavendish Park estate –– subject to the developer providing suitable community facilities.

Some members on the council's planning committee last week said they could not support the application because they were concerned the estate would be built without sufficient community amenities.

Talks are currently taking place with the applicant about the issue and it is understood the firm would consider funding –– known as a Section 106 agreement –– the building of a doctors surgery and day nursery.

But councillors said the 106 agreement would have to be watertight if they were to agree to the plans.

Said Coun Roger Blaney said: "Houses without amenities is not what we should be building."

A majority of councillors backed his proposal that they would be 'minded' to approve the application subject to seeing the 106 agreement –– which would mean the final decision on the plans would still be open to the committee. Three members voted against this.

Clipstone Parish Council supports the proposal but residents living in the neighbourhood have raised questions over the type of community buildings, traffic impact on the surrounding area and B6030 and the tenure of affordable housing.

•Councillors gave the green light for a detached dormer bungalow to built on land at Rufford Road in Edwinstowe.

•An application for six three-storey semi-detached houses to be built on land off Warsop Lane in Rainworth was refused at the meeting. Councillors felt the plans were unsuitable for the site.