Planners narrowly voted to transform a crumbling warehouse into housing, despite major reservations over parking.
The councillors on Mansfield District Council’s planning committee were divided over the application for old building between Mansfield’s Milton Street and Burns Street, during their recent monthly meeting.
Last used by photography business, School Pictures International Ltd, the building has fallen in serious disrepair in recent years, with planning officers saying it is ‘unlikely to be suitable for employment activities’.
The applicant proposes to convert the front of the existing building facing Milton Street into five dwellings, with another seven to the rear of the building facing on to Burns Street.
But a number of councillors expressed their concerns that parking was already an issue on those streets, and that more housing would only add to the issue.
The members were told that the Highways Agency had looked at the plans and said the capacity for sufficient parking was available.
Coun Martin Wright said: “I find it extraordinary that in a modern era we sit here month after month and find this is acceptable.”
Coun Paul Henshaw added: “Surely they (Highways) should have submitted an in-depth report so we can see where that parking exists.”
Speaking in favour of the proposal, Coun Brian Lohan said: “This site is a blot on the landscape and it needs something doing with it.”
Following discussions, it was put to the vote with three voting in favour, two against and three abstaining.