Campaigners against 1,700 new homes to be built in Mansfield have been dealt a blow after being told a judicial review into the case has been dismissed.
The Royal Courts of Justice in London rejected the appeal against the Lindhurst development off the A617 MARR route.
Three of the country’s top judges in London disagreed with claims that Mansfield District Council had failed to take into account the impact the scheme could have on local bird life and in particular woodlarks and nightjars.
A group of nearby residents had objected to the plans, claiming it put the species’ habitat in jeopardy.
As one the largest planing applications to have been passed by Mansfield District Council, the town’s mayor, Tony Egginton said: “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome.
“This development and the much-needed family homes and employment opportunities it will bring are vital for the regeneration and growth of the entire district.
“It has been a long hard battle but the council has always maintained its position and robustly defended its original decision to grant outline planning permission. We are delighted that work is due to start in the coming months.”
The plans include up to 1,700 new homes, as well as a new primary school, doctors’ surgery, community centre, park and space for retail and business use.
Speaking after The Royal Courts of Justice ruling, environmental activist Shlomo Dowen, who had helped the residents’ plight said: “The decision does not change the view of the residents who continue to oppose the proposals.
“They’ll study the judgement closely and decide the next move. We have 28 days to decide to the Supreme Court.”