OPINIONS are divided over whether plans for the biggest-ever property development in Mansfield will help the town finally recover from the fall-out which followed the collapse of coal.
Mansfield District Council this week said it was delaying a decision on the Lindhurst project, possibly until July. While the wait continues, business leaders and some councillors say the scheme must be approved to ensure the town attracts investment and improves its image.
But some residents and politicians fear it cannot deliver the thousands of jobs it is promising and will create an unwanted ‘commuter town’.
If it goes ahead, the project will see a mixed-use scheme of high-end housing and commercial property built off the A617 MARR road between Rainworth and the A60 Nottingham Road.
Landowners including Nottinghamshire County Council, Westerman Homes, Bowden Land and Lindhurst Jersey have packaged the site.
The plan involves 1,700 homes and a million square feet of employment premises providing up to 4,000 jobs. It will cost some £250m to build and could bring in £100m a year to the local economy if successful.
Chad spoke to both sides of the debate this week in an attempt to uncover the cases for and against the project.
Next week we will be asking the area’s political leaders for their views - and including readers’ views, too.