Fears for Huthwaite over housing plans

Neils Jones chairman of ARACA , Eric Bone  and Anna Wilson both members of HCA Group  with their petion and a map of proposed building sites around the Mapplewells school area  Sutton
Neils Jones chairman of ARACA , Eric Bone and Anna Wilson both members of HCA Group with their petion and a map of proposed building sites around the Mapplewells school area Sutton

MORE than 1,000 residents have signed a petition to try and stop large housing estates being built in the Huthwaite area because they feel its amenities are already under strain.

Their concerns focus on the problems that local resources such as schools and GP surgeries would face should the population increase because of more major housing developments being given planning permission in Huthwaite and on land off Alfreton Road in Sutton.

Members of the Huthwaite Community Action Group and Alfreton Road Area Community Association say they realise that more housing needs to be built in the area in coming years, but fear that up to 1,800 new homes could be built in the Sutton West ward on sites suggested for development.

Said Anna Wilson, vice chairman of the HCA group: “We don’t think we would be a village anymore and don’t see how the infrastructure we have got can cope with it.

“It’s just unsustainable is what we are saying.”

The two groups hope that their petition will persuade Ashfield District Council to reduce the number of houses permitted to be built in the area.

However, this number is still unclear because the council is reviewing its Local Plan which will detail future housing requirements and locations for development.

The two groups are hoping also that a community forum can be set up so that the public can have a say which places they would prefer development to be in and what new infrastructure would be needed.

An district council spokesman said that the authority is still in the early stages of putting together a new local plan and no decisions have yet been made regarding either the district’s future housing requirement or the possible development sites.

“Evidence is currently being gathered to ensure that the future housing sites are located in the most sustainable locations, taking into account the impacts on existing and future infrastructure provision,” he said.

“Once a preferred approach has been established the council will commence public consultation on the plans to ensure that the local communities, key stakeholders and other interested parties have a chance to comment on the proposals.”