Council-linked developer’s plans for 23 homes on former nursery site

A drawing of one of the homes proposed by Mansfield Homes Ltd
A drawing of one of the homes proposed by Mansfield Homes Ltd

A former Mansfield garden nursery could be turned into the site of 23 new homes by a council-linked developer.

A planning application has been submitted by Robert Purser on behalf of Mansfield Homes, a development company was set up to build new homes across the district of Mansfield to sell on the open market.

Mansfield Homes is an arms-length company of which Mansfield District Council is the sole shareholder.

The plans are for a total of 23 detached homes, which will each have either four or five bedrooms, to be built on a 1.25 hectare site on The Park, Mansfield.

If plans are given a green light, a total of 45 car parking spaces will also be created.

The site falls within a conservation area noted for its late Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

A planning application submitted to the council, the local planning authority, says there could be trees and hedges on the site which “could influence the development or might be important as part of the local landscape character”.

There are currently two tree preservation orders in force on and close to the boundaries of the site.

This means that before any work is started, a form must be submitted to the authority, outlining all the proposed works, along with suitable justification for any development.

The site has not been in use since 2014, but was the former home of a council-run nursery.

The application says: “The site has never been previously developed for housing, but sits within the heart of an established residential area.”

Members of the public have until November 29 to comment on the proposals, which will then go before the council’s planning committee.