Lindhurst campaigners made to wait for verdict

NMAC11-3288-1''Mansfield Lindhurst Development and the Marr route
NMAC11-3288-1''Mansfield Lindhurst Development and the Marr route

Campaigners fighting to prevent developers building 1,700 new homes on the outskirts of Mansfield will have to wait until at least next week to find out whether a High Court Judge will allow the build to go ahead.

The Lindhurst development on land off the A617 Marr Route between Southwell Road West and Nottingham Road, could create thousands of jobs, new businesses, schools and doctors surgeries.

But residents and councillors believe the environmental impact of the scheme will kill off local wildlife and the green views once enjoyed from their homes will be lost.

Campaigners yesterday took the fight to the Administrative Court in Manchester after mounting a legal challenge last July against Mansfield District Council’s decision to grant the development planning permission.

But Mr Justice Stephen Stewart will continue to hear submissions from the Lindhurst Group today, before reconvening the court next Thursday.

It is not known whether he will announce his decision then or at a later stage.

A campaign spokesman told Chad: “We had expected the hearing to take about three hours, but the judge will continue to hear submissions from the Lindhurst Group tomorrow and we won’t know his decision until at least next week.”

In July 2011, Mansfield District Council reached a resolution to grant planning permission, subject to a Section 106 agreement being signed.

The authority had referred it to the Government because of the development’s size, but the secretary of state said he would not be stepping in.

Then in January 2013, Nottinghamshire County Council’s finance and property committee met and gave delegated authority to officers to go ahead and complete the necessary legal documents and paperwork.

But opponents raised enough money through donations to mount the legal challenge as part of a last-ditch bid to scupper the plans.

A spokesman for Mansfield District Council said the authority would not be commenting until Mr Justice Stewart had reached his decision.