Call for Blidworth homes plan to be capped at 60

BLIDWORTH campaigners against proposals for hundreds of new homes in the village want planning bosses to slash that number to 60.

The Save Blidworth Green Belt group, backed Sherwood MP Mark Spencer and Blidworth Parish Council, is fighting proposals to build the homes on green belt land and open spaces in the village.

The group was set up after Newark and Sherwood District Council produced a report last year which showed parts of the village, including green belt land off Butler Drive, had been identified as possible sites for new homes to be built over the next 20 years.

Initially, up to 300 new homes had been proposed but it is believed this figure has now been reduced.

Campaign co-ordinator Jon Rea said: “The new houses would be on green belt land, open spaces and historic green field sites.

“The pressure on services like schools and doctors, and infrastructure like sewers and water supplies would be huge.

“More traffic would increase the threat of fatal accidents and reduce our quality of life. And the damage to wildlife and the natural beauty of the village would be irreversible.”

Following a series of public meetings, hundreds of folk signed a petition supporting the group and Blidworth Parish Council put forward a case against the proposals for Blidworth. Newark and Sherwood District Council received feedback from over 2,500 residents as part of its consultation on the report, which details housing plans for all parts of the district. The council says it will report back to the community in the form of a draft plan, or further consultation, in the next few months.

Meanwhile, the group hopes councillors will agree development should be capped at 60 homes.

Jon said: “We now need residents to further lobby their district councillors to push this proposal through and we plead with Newark and Sherwood District Council leader Tony Roberts to support Blidworth with this when the decision on the plan is made at the end of March.”