New homes plan for Meden Vale?

A NEW housing estate could be built on farmland in Meden Vale, it has emerged this week.

The proposed application of 32 homes at land on the now demolished Welbeck Farm, on Netherfield Lane, has been submitted to Mansfield District Council’s planning officers.

It would include a mix of mainly two and three-bedroom housing with some room for four bedroom homes on the farmland, which runs alongside the River Meden.

The applicants says that very little housing has been constructed within the area over a substantial period to meet the needs of families who are connected with the area and wish to remain there.

“The unsatisfied demand for the small piece of new residential development on the adjacent site demonstrates the continuing need for that type of modest family houses in the village which the proposed development will provide,” the report states.

A similar planning application was rejected by the district council because of concerns over flooding in the area.

Meden Vale resident John Draper said he would welcome the new estate as it would bring more young families to the area and boost the local economy.

“I can’t remember when the area last had some new housing so hopefully this will fit in with the community and get the go ahead,” he said.

Fellow villager Michelle Pope said she hoped that new homes would help the area grow.

“The most important thing is that the houses are lived in if they get built,” she said.

“The last thing we want is for new houses to remain empty so as long as they sell it is a good thing and will be a boost for the area.”

The application is set to be discussed by Mansfield District Council’s Planning Committee in January and residents have until 7th December to raise any concerns about the development.