Heritage plan rejected in Southwell

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Plans to transform land in Southwell into a heritage park have been rejected by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

A team of campaigners from the village, calling themselves the Southwell Heritage Trust, had been pushing to preserve the Minster School site on Church Street and transform it into an educational area. Roman remains were previously found on the site, but there has been dispute over the quality of the findings.

Planning permission to build homes on the site had been rejected in 2011, and as a developer geared up to submit more plans earlier this year, the Southwell Heritage Trust, submitted their own alternative plans.

The reason for the rejection by the council was that the land has already been earmarked for housing, and that it went against council policy to reverse that.