Housing plans criticised

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Planners heavily criticised the long-awaited blueprints for 151 homes in Pleasley Hill, claiming they ‘smack of desperation’, before giving their seal of approval.

The application to build the houses on the site once occupied by derelict terraced homes was put before Mansfield District Council at their recent monthly meeting.

The council has been eager to press ahead with the multi-million pound plans on the vacant site for a number of years regarding it as an important gateway to Mansfield.

But after being presented to the planning committee, the plans were lambasted by a number of councillors, most notably Coun Christine Smith who labelled the layout as a ‘disgrace’.

She is unhappy with the aesthetic design saying:“It’s an extremely prominent gateway to Mansfield, but all you have is wooden fences, gable ends and a row of parked cars.

“It has been on the agenda for donkeys years but this smacks of desperation.

“It’s quite appalling. There are so many things wrong 
with it that I’m very disappointed.

“Quite frankly, it’s a disgrace.”

Coun Martin Wright added: “It’s been a long time coming and it’s finally arrived .

“It’s been an eyesore for many years and this will be an improvement.

“It won’t paint a pretty picture, but it’s better than what we have got now.”

Six of the nine committee members then voted in favour of the plans, meaning they now have the go-ahead.

The decision to bulldoze rows of old colliery homes on the Chesterfield Road North site was taken in 2004, but it took another nine years to clear the site.

The houses had stood for more than 120 years but had fallen into serious disrepair.

Persimmon Homes is behind the new development which will see 151 homes, including 12 apartments, built in clusters and arranged around shared courtyards.

There will a mixture of mainly three-bed and two-bed homes, with a small number of four bedroom houses.

In total, 31 homes will be deemed as ‘affordable housing’.

A total of 210 off-street parking space have been earmarked, while there will also be one retail and one commercial unit built on the site.