Homes planned on site earmarked for work

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A MAJOR proposal to build 90 new homes on the site of the former Sherwood Colliery has been submitted for planning permission.

Bellway Homes is looking to build two, three and four-bedroom homes on the site as part of the final phase of the old colliery’s redevelopment.

The 2.8 hectares of reclaimed colliery spoil and derelict coalmining land runs adjacent to Debdale Lane and earmarked for employment use, but Bellway says no serious interest has been shown for the site since 2005.

They claim a surplus of employment land exists already in the Mansfield area, and building the homes would create significant, albeit temporary, employment in construction.

In accordance with the council’s affordable housing regulations, 18 of the 90 will be offered for rent or as shared ownership. A children’s play area is also planned, while a turn-right access road is pencilled in from the main access route on Debdale Lane.

No date for a decision has been made, but Sherwood ward councillor, Julia Yemm, said: “Although I am pleased to see development on a brownfield site and I expect that this will be granted permission, I am disappointed that this land is not being used for employment as originally planned.

“The most important thing now is that Bellway honour their commitments to the local residents as outlined in prior applications. In my opinion the permission should not be granted until the local residents are happy.”