167 new properties planned for Skegby

MAJOR plans to build more than 150 new houses on a green field in Skegby have met with opposition from nearby householders.

Three individuals have submitted outline plans to Ashfield District Council for new properties to be built on land off Gilcroft Street, St Andrews Street and Vere Avenue.

The proposals include two areas of housing with open space which will be opened up to the public for the first time.

According to the developers, there could be a mixture of semi-detached and terraced houses rather than large, detached properties to be ‘more suited to the market needs of this locality’.

They also say the two-storey houses are likely be built in a ‘traditional style’.

But the plans have been criticised by some nearby householders who believe development on the site would cause Skegby and Sutton to merge into one.

Debbie Clarke, who has lived in Skegby all her life, has now launched a petition against the proposals and is planning to leave copies in the Co-op at Stanton Hill, Skegby Post Office and other shops in the area.

She said: “Do we really need any more houses. It (Sutton and Skegby) will just blend - you will be thinking where does that start and where does that finish?

“And there is going to be traffic. No-one normally bothers us up here.”

She has also drafted letters of objection that can be sent to the council and anyone interested is urged to contact her.

Her husband Patrick also said he opposed the plans.

He said: “We are not happy about it at all.

“We have got a brilliant view - it really is beautiful.

“But we are going to have all these houses at the back.

“There is another option and that would be to build on Sutton colliery.

“This is the only countryside we have got looking towards Sutton.”

But another nearby householder, who asked not to be named, said the development did not concern him.

He said: “They can’t stop progress. It will bring some employment to the area - people don’t want it in their back yard.”

No one from Ian Baseley Associates, which is managing the application on behalf of the developers, was available as Chad went to print yesterday.

Members of the council’s planning committee are expected to make a decision by the end of the year.

l Anyone concerned about the proposed development should contact Debbie Clarke by emailing pclarke47@hotmail.co.uk.