Green light for 200 homes plan

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Plans for more than 200 homes on former farmland in Mansfield have taken another step forward.

Conditional approval of reserved matters has been given by Mansfield District Council after outline planning permission was granted to an application for land at Penniment Lodge Farm, on Abbott Road.

The application was submitted in September last year by Persimmon Homes Nottingham, which has a base at Mansfield.

The development covers about eight hectares of land, comprising former agricultural fields that formed part of the now-demolished farm.

The 334 hectares site is the subject of a separate planning application for more homes and also shops.

It is proposed to build a mixture of detached and semi-detached homes of two or three storeys, as well as the shops, open space, landscaping, a new access road and other infrastructure works.

When the initial application for 202 homes was first put before the council’s planning committee, six objections were received from neighbours and the owners of adjacent land.

They feared it would lead to flooding, as well as more traffic congestion and noise. They also feared it would destroy a large area of countryside, as well as a wildlife haven.

They were also worried it would put extra pressure on already-stretched local services, such as education and healthcare.

However, the committee has given the go-ahead, with several conditions attached.

These include the need for a detailed landscaping plan to protect trees, shrubs and hedgerows, a tree-planting scheme, and the construction of roads, driveways and parking areas to ensure there is no danger of flooding.

Neil Follows, Persimmon Homes Nottingham managing director, said: “ The company is delighted it has received planning approval for an initial 20 units at the Penniment Farm development, which would contribute significantly to the council’s five-year housing supply targets and provide much needed family housing to this area.

“As with all planning permissions, the development proposed will be completed in accordance with the conditions imposed by the local authority”.

n Mill set to be transformed – See Page 10.

n Latest planning applications – See Page 46.