Offices were the base for major UDM decisions

UDM offices, Berry Hill Lane, Mansfield
UDM offices, Berry Hill Lane, Mansfield

THE headquarters of an iconic union in Mansfield could soon be bulldozed to make way for housing, it has been revealed.

The Union of Democratic workers offices on Berry Hill Lane has been the home of the group since it was formed in the 1980s.

But now plans have been submitted to Mansfield District Council to build 22 homes on the site.

At the peak of the colliery operations, more than 50 staff worked from the premises, but with staff levels dropping to 12, the UDM admits the premises have become too 
big.

The applicant, Vendside Ltd, which is an arm of the UDM that handles compensation claims for miners, says that the sale of the site would provide necessary funds for the UDM to secure more suitable premises.

Spokesman for the UDM, David McGarry, said the decision was purely down to economics.

He said: “It’s been a tough decision, we have been there a long time- since 1984.

“But we have gone from having 17 pits to just one and the place it too big for us now, we are rattling about in 
there.

“It’s difficult to maintain and has become very expensive to run.

“It was put to members to see if they were okay with it, and they agreed.

“It’s a lovely place and it was a very tough decision- there’s a lot of history attached to the building , but we can’t justify staying there.”

Mr McGarry said that the pensions office would still remain and the iconic pit winding wheel will remain on the site, although it will be moved on a few metres from where it currently sits.

The 0.74 hectare site currently consists of office buildings and a car park, 
which would be torn down if the plans get the green 
light.

Like the existing offices, the proposed development would see access onto the housing estate from Berry Hill Lane.

The application is currently out for consultation until 15th May to give people the chance to share their views on the plans. It is likely to go before Mansfield District Council’s planning committee in either June or July.

People can view the application on-line at Mansfield District Council’s website and add their comments by emailing pbc@mansfield.gov.uk or by writing to Planning Services, Mansfield District Council, Civic Centre, Chesterfield 
Road South, Mansfield, NG19 7BH.