Application to build Mansfield flats re-submitted to cut down costs

It is believed the men are specifically targeting older people
It is believed the men are specifically targeting older people
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An application to build flats on patch of land near Mansfield town centre has been re-submitted with fewer dwellings after the applicant said they could not afford the extra money for the detailed drawings required.

The application was originally to build 14 flats on land that sits between Pelham Street and Ratcliffe Gate, and was submitted in March this year.

But that has since been withdrawn, and a new application has been submitted recently to build just 
six flats on the 0.1 hectare site.

On behalf of the applicant, Signet Planning commented in a detailed planning statement: “Despite meeting the council’s validation criteria, officers requested additional drawings akin to a full planning application.

“Unable to take on the additional cost, the applicant was advised by the case officer to withdraw the planning application and submit a ‘free-go’ application [a re-submission at no extra cost] for a smaller number of units.”

It was noted that before the original application was removed, there had been no opposition from the environmental health, highways department or the police.

The site is currently used as an unofficial car park.

The latest application has all six apartments in a single, two-storey block, with enough space for parking and soft landscaping, 
in a ‘highly sustainable location’.

The applicant says it would ‘not result in a cramped or contrived development’.

Vehicular access would be proposed from Pelham Street.