Planners reject Mansfield hotel and restaurant plans which could have created 130 jobs

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A controversial decision has been taken by councillors to reject plans for a multi-million pound development, which could have brought 130 jobs to the town.

Planning committee members were divided on the scheme, which was to build a hotel and three restaurants on Mansfield Retail Park.

The committee debated the issue for almost an hour at their monthly meeting, before a vote was taken.

Of the 10 committee members present, six voted in favour of the officers recommendations to turn down the application. Following a number of protests from various groups who want to see the hotel built in the town centre, it was felt that a more suitable location, closer to the centre, should be looked into.

However, a spokesman for Legal and General, who submitted the application for the hotel and restaurants, confirmed they would not consider looking into other sites because they already owned the land on Mansfield Retail Park.

A number of speakers took to the podium asking for the committee to support the plans, saying it would be a missed opportunity. Coun Martin Wright added: “If we turn this down, we should turn the lights off and go home because it shows that Mansfield is not open for business.”

However, Coun Katrina Atherton said more needs to be done to support the town centre businesses, and in referring to the application, said: “We are not so desperate that we take the first thing we’re offered with both hands.”