Plans for 150 homes on controversial site

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Controversial blueprints for housing on the edge of Mansfield that was turned down by town planners three years ago have been re-submitted.

More than 460 residents also signed a petition in 2013 in an effort to halt the application to build 30 homes off Skegby Lane, with a view to building a further 120.

The plans were overwhelmingly rejected by Mansfield District Council’s planning committee in November 2013, but then overturned by the planning inspectorate on appeal.

With the principal of development now in place, landowner Richard Thomas has now submitted a further application for full planning permission for all of the 150 homes.

The land is described as being ‘partially agricultural’ and backs onto existing properties on Skegby Lane, Winborne Close and Andover Road.

The site was identified through the SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment), meaning it was already deemed as appropriate for housing.

According to the plans, the new site would incorporate a mix of two to four bedroom homes, with 22 different styles, although the applicant says finer details are to be decided at a later date.

To access the site, an entrance would be created onto Skegby Lane with a painted ‘ghost island’ and priority-controlled T-junction.

The inclusion of cul-de-sacs and courtyards would make the site ‘visually varied and interesting’ and also help reduce the potential for speeding vehicles.

A network of internal footpaths for residents safety are to be included, as are public spaces.

In a statement prepared on behalf of the applicant, it reads: “The purpose is to simply obtain the council’s approval that the details submitted as far as they relate to the layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access are satisfactory in planning terms.

“Outline planning permission for the residential development of the site has already been granted at appeal.

“The principal housing on the site is therefore not for re-consideration at this stage.”