Developers who ‘threatened’ town planners when their application to build 130 homes in Mansfield Woodhouse was recommended for refusal have launched their appeal.
All members of Mansfield District Council’s planning committee voted against the proposals to build on land at Park Hall Road earlier this year.
But the committee was left seething when a spokesman for Barratt Homes launched an attack on the council’s planning policy, and said they would ‘test’ the council with a public inquiry if they were to be turned it down.
Despite Coun Katrina Atherton describing the comments a ‘thinly-veiled threat’, the committee turned down the application on the grounds that it was outside the urban boundary and that a five-year housing land supply was already available.
Their decision was welcomed by residents living on Park Hall Road and surrounding area, who had campaigned against the plans in the months leading up to the council’s decision.
Park Hall Road resident Walter Bailey said: “We thought we might have seen the end of this, but we haven’t so we’re going to have fight it again.
“We have to support the local council on this one, they made the decision, and now we’re going to have people come in who don’t know the area and will determine its fate.
“It’s not as if the land is not being used, there are different crops each year.”
Many opposing the plans said traffic congestion was a primary worry, with Park Hall Road earmarked as the only entrance and exit to the planned estate.
There were 35 issues raised by locals in total.
People can have their say by going to www. planningportal.gov.uk, click on ‘planning’, then ‘appeals,’ and then ‘search for appeal’ and follow the instructions.
The case number is 2222981.