Housing plans for former Mansfield engineering firm site

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A scheme to build 25 homes on a vacant commercial site in Mansfield ha been given the green light by planners.

The application is to demolish an existing two-storey office building, and an old warehouse building and then start work on the site off Hermitage Lane.

Covering an area of 0.85 hectares, it is bound by residential properties on three sides but has been vacant for about three years.

It was once owned by civil engineering firm, Interserve Projects Ltd.

Twenty three of the houses planned will be detached, with two semi-detached.

Each house would have three off-street parking spaces, with the semi-detached houses having two.

Two letters of complaint were received regarding the applications.

During Monday evening’s planning meeting at Mansfield District Council, there was also concern from Coun Christine Smith who said the plans looked densely populated in comparison to the other homes nearby.

However, a planning officer stated that the actual density was within an acceptable level.

Adding his backing to the project, Coun Vaughan Hopewell said: “It’s a brown field site and I would rather it be this than a green field site.

“It’s a well thought-out plan and I support it.”

Of the 12 councillors present, 10 voted in favour, one voted against and one abstained.