Homes plans for scrubland in Mansfield

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An area of grazing land earmarked for development could see more than 60 home built, if planners give it the green light.

The site off Sandy Lane was formerly used for allotments and for keeping horses, but a lack of interest has 
left the land unoccupied for years.

Existing allotments plots to the north of the 1.5 hectare parcel of land which are still in use will remain as part of the proposals put forward by Derby-based company, Chevin Homes Ltd.

A greenbelt of land separating the houses and the allotments to the north is also being planned.

The Sandy Lane Surgery and the adjacent car park will remain in place.

The area, which has been deemed suitable for housing as part of Mansfield District Council’s proposed local plan, could see up to 63 homes built, with a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties.

If given the go-ahead, an entrance to the site will be made onto Sandy Lane, while it is estimated 20 per cent of the homes would be classed as affordable, with the rest sold on the open market.

It is the first time the land has been subject to any form of planning permission.

Ward councillor for the Newgate area of the town, Andy Sissons, said: “It’s been scrubland and overgrown for quite some years.

“It’s just come up for consultation and people have until June 7 to have their say.

“I personally think it’s a good idea, there’s a shortage of housing nationally and it’s a local priority.”

The issue is likely to come before Mansfield District Council’s planning committee on June 27 or July 25.

Meanwhile, as part of this application by Chevin Homes Ltd, they say the existing allotment site to the north of the site use will be ‘maintained’, while a sum of money has been formally agreed to help develop that area of land.

In 2014, Mansfield District Council said it would apply to get rid of the shabby, unused allotments and encourage developers to show an interest.

However, gaining planning permission would not be straightforward, with legal experts uncertain whether the land falls under statutory protection, meaning permission would be needed by the Secretary of State before pressing ahead with plans.