Plans for homes in Huthwaite rejected

A HUTHWAITE councillor has welcomed a decision by Ashfield District Council to reject an application for 83 new homes at flood-hit Mill Lane in the village.

Coun Ray Buttery praised the decision by the planning committee on Thursday to turn down the application from developers Ben Bailey Homes for properties to be built at Greenwood Falls Farm amid concerns about flooding and pressure on local services, particularly schools.

Speaking yesterday, he said: “I am a governor at John Davies Primary School and there is not enough spaces for children.”

Coun Buttery also said that the area was prone to flooding and while he recognised the district would need more housing in future, work was necessary to alleviate the flooding risk.

He also said developers needed to be aware of the traffic congestion, particularly around Common Lane, because of vehicles coming from a nearby industrial estate.

Planning chiefs had recommended the application be refused due to concern about flooding and because no adequate alleviation measures had been put forward.

Earlier this year, Chad reported that Ben Bailey Homes had submitted a similar application to build 83 properties at the site, close to another residential development by Persimmon Homes.

But while the application had included funds for the expansion of John Davies Primary School and towards the relocation of Huthwaite Health Centre, councillors turned it down because of fears about flooding.

Although this funding remained in place for the new application, Coun Buttery said: “They were prepared to give something to the school and something to the surgery but that doesn’t outweigh the problems it could cause.”

But Coun Jason Zadrozny said that the application should have been deferred while the applicant continued working on flood alleviation. He warned that the community could lose out on funding and that the authority could face an expensive legal bill if the applicant appealed.