Planners given go-ahead for 190 new homes

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Planners have given the green light to build an additional 190 homes on land at Crown Farm, bringing the total amount now scheduled to more than 500.

The site off Clipstone Road East is situated behind the new surgery in Forest Town and will see a mixture 
of two and three-storey homes.

Last year Mansfield District Council’s planning committee gave permission to build 313 home on one section of land, but during a recent meeting gave the go-ahead for a second developer to create a further 190 properties.

The 6.5 hectare site, which is currently is currently used for agricultural purposes, was once designated for employment use but the planing inspector said it would be suitable for an alternative proposal such as housing.

Letters of objection were submitted by three residents who raised concerns over increased volume of traffic, the ever-increasing housing density within the Mansfield area and that “inadequate consideration has been made to the semi-rural character of Forest Town”.

Speaking about Forest Town at the meeting at the meeting, Councillor Nick Bennett said: “It’s no longer a village, people are selling their gardens off for profit and changing the character of Forest Town.

“We have put money and profit before people.”

Councillor Martin Wright said: “One-hundred-and-ninety homes is a heck of a lot of traffic to Clipstone Road West but homes are more important than traffic it seems, we have to put people in houses these days.”

Submitted by Tim Allen, of Southwell, the plans show a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes, each with associated parking spaces.

Two spaces will be allocated to properties with up to three bedrooms, and three spaces for the four-bed homes. There are also plans to create parking courts to reduce the level of on-street parking.

Two new access routes into the state will be created onto Crown Farm Way.

As part of a Section 106 agreement, 20 per cent of the homes need to be affordable, equating to 38 properties.

The councillors unanimously voted in favour of the application which was recommended for approval by the planning officer.