Appeal for 400 homes decision

A planning application has been refused for 400 houses on land to the south of Stonebridge Lane Warsop.
A planning application has been refused for 400 houses on land to the south of Stonebridge Lane Warsop.

A developer fighting to build 400 homes in Warsop has launched an appeal after councillors rejected his application.

The site, on Stonebridge Lane, would provide up to 400 houses, along with public open space, allotments and landscaping.

But Haworth Estates’ planning application met fierce opposition from many residents due to concerns about increased traffic and parking, and flooding, as well as the site’s proximity to a site of special scientific interest.

And, following the complaints, it was rejected by Mansfield District Council, the local planning authority.

The council said one reason for refusal was the “scale and significant increase in vehicular movements would cause unacceptable adverse impacts to the existing highway network within Warsop”.

However, in its appeal document, Haworth said it had agreed to pay for improvements to the roads under a Section 106 planning agreement – a legal tool allowing councils to request cash for facilities from developers.

It also refuted that the new homes would cause “potential harm” to the adjacent Hills and Holes and Sookholme Brook, a site of special scientific interest.

Haworth said it had met representatives from Natural England to discuss the impact and no objections were made.

The appeal said: “A refusal on the grounds of harm to the SSSI is not substantiated.

Haworth is also objecting to the council’s claim that the new site will be a drain on health services.

It said “no evidence” has been provided to back this up and there is currently a local issue with recruiting GPs.