Annesley Colliery homes decision is delayed

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COUNCILLORS have deferred a key decision on whether more than 100 new homes should be built at the former Annesley Colliery site.

At a meeting on Thursday, members of the planning committee deferred the proposal from developers Merriman to build 124 properties in the village so the authority can continue talks with the firm.

Merriman submitted outline plans to build a mixture of two to four-bedroom houses which would be both two and three-storey.

The area of land is brownfield and has become derelict since the closure of the colliery around a decade ago. It is close to the newly-created Jasmine Gardens, built by Persimmon Homes.

Officers recommended that permission was granted on the basis that Merriman provides contributions under a Section 106 agreement, which means the firm must ensure the development benefits the community.

This includes providing some affordable housing, making financial contributions towards regeneration of the area and improving parks.

Yesterday, Peter Sutton from Merriman said: “The decision to approve the scheme has been deferred pending further discussions relating to provision for local schools and affordable housing.

“The proposal does already provide for a developer contribution of more than £1.2m to enhance community open space provision, to deliver affordable homes, to improve highway junctions and a significant contribution to help kick start employment opportunities within Ashfield via the council’s Graduate Retention Scheme.

“It is anticipated that a forecast £10m would be injected into the local community through construction employment and use of local services and businesses.

“Aside from the financial benefits of the development, the approval of this application will help bring a derelict brownfield site back to life to enhance the conservation area and fulfil a recognised shortfall in the local authority’s housing supply by providing quality homes to local people.”

Meanwhile, residents on nearby Mosley Road said they have mixed feelings about the additional development.

Tony Perry said: “Any regeneration of that kind of area is good - it’s better than leaving it. It is going to increase traffic generally but they need new housing becauseo people need to go somewhere.”

Charles Rear said: “They have got to think about the schools and doctors - and there is no shop and there is traffic. There is going to be a lot of problems.”

Husband and wife Stuart and Janet Tester said they were concerned that the development was too large.

Mr Tester said: “The increased traffic is bad enough but we also get the heavy vehicles from the industrial estate. This road was never built for this amount of traffic and it is going to increase the numbers considerably.”

And Mrs Tester added: “It is too many. The drains are bad here - when it rains you get slurries.”