Church Warsop bungalow plans delayed

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A decision to build 30 bungalows on land at Church Warsop still hangs in the balance after being deferred by planners.

The application for the homes on land off Birch Street was put before Mansfield District Council planners, but discussions became bogged down over the suitability of the land, specifically whether it should be classed as a brownfield or greenfield site.

Using previously-undeveloped areas, or greenfield sites, is usually avoided by local planning authorities who prefer previously-developed brownfield sites to be used.

And after the land was deemed to fall into the greenfield category, planning officers at Mansfield recommended the plans be rejected, also arguing that it 
was outside the urban boundary.

But the applicant, Mr R Eden of Mansfield, argues that the site has been previously developed.

Indeed, garages once occupied the land before being knocked down in 1987, although the building’s foundations still remain.

There was also an old boiler house which was used to heat colliery houses in Church Warsop, while part of the land is now being used as 
allotments and to house chickens.

Speaking on behalf of the applicant at the planning meeting, Paula Money said the council’s position was ‘flawed’ and building would ‘make the most effective use of an underused piece of land’

She said that building could begin quickly, added that there had been no objections from residents and that the land had only served to attract flytippers in recent years.

Coun Andy Wetton agreed. He said: “This site has never been a greenfield site, it was a garage site, a boiler that fed the village and also a tipping ground for rubble from when the A60 went through Warsop.

“It was also used as a depot for salt and cement.

“It’s been left overgrown and unsightly.”

The councillors then voted to organise a site visit before making a final decision.

The blueprint for the 1.4 hectare plot is to build 20 two-bed and 10 three-bed bungalows aimed at attracting elderly folk.

They would be built in six varying styles and each property would have two parking spaces each.

Six of the homes would be detached, 14 semi-detached with the remainder being terraced properties.

While there were few other objections, the design layout of the properties has been criticised by a police architectural officer.

They fear it could attract crime because the vast majority of the homes do not have an active view over the street and the parking areas.