Mansfield firm to create 60 jobs

Jobs boost for Linney Group
Jobs boost for Linney Group

Around 60 news job look set to be created after a Mansfield marketing business was given the green light to expand.

Linney Group, on Adamsway has been successful in applying to build a three-storey office and design studio next to their current site.

The 1.69 hectare grassed space is in front of the current building, and it is envisaged that the development will see an increase in the workforce from 90 up to 150, which the company says could be phased in over time.

More than 135 new car parking spaces will also be created.

Planning officers said the construction would ‘make a positive contribution in terms of employment opportunities and to the surrounding area and the district as a whole’.

Mansfield District Council’s planning committed agreed and voted unanimously to support the application.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways team raised concerns about the increased volume of traffic, claiming the nearby junction with Southwell Road West is already running ‘over capacity’.

The county council says the scale of the development triggers a contribution requirement for the extra demands put on the roads, which equates to more than £75,000 in this case.

Although Linney has not formally objected to the charge, they have raised concerns, which has the backing of Mansfield’s planning committee members.

Coun Katrina Atherton said: “A number of applications have come forward where there’s clear issues and highways have voiced no objections.

“We have got an application from a successful local business and all of a sudden highways want some money.

“I work on Southwell Road and use that junction every day, and there’s been issues there for years that highways should address when the issues are relevant, not when they can get some money out of someone to fix them.

“I find it a little bit frustrating that it seems that highways have sought the opportunity where they can to get money from a local company that we should support every step of the way.”

Coun Roger Sutcliffe, who is not on the planning committee, but also spoke in favour of the development.

He said: “This is a prestigious building that’s going to be put up and will make a real statement about the aspirations of Mansfield.

“I feel the contribution that has been requested here is merely a sticking plaster to the major concerns that there are there (on Southwell Road).

“I don’t think this contribution of £75,000 should really be considered at this point in time.”

Meanwhile, Miles Linney, of Linney Group, spoke of his joy of the application being passed.

He said: “We were over the moon. We were quietly confident and hopeful, but you never know.”

He also understand that Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways will now not expect the company to pay the £75,000 contribution towards the upkeep of the roads.