Plans for 400 homes in Warsop finally due for debate
A major 400-home development in Warsop is due before councillors months after its developer changed major conditions on its initial planning consent.
It was last considered by Mansfield Council’s planning committee in August last year, when some conditions enforced on the plans at outline stage were amended.
Under the latest proposals, the developer has asked to move the rear gardens of some properties directly onto the five-metre buffer zone to the west of the development site.
This would back onto the nearby Sookholme Brook site of special scientific importance – changes supported by Natural England following consultation.
The developer also asked to alter its drainage proposals by amending the steepness of proposed flood banks, as well as increasing the depth of drainage ponds from 1m to 3m.
This was done, the company said at the time, following a detailed assessment after discovering the site had ‘poorer infiltration rates’ than originally thought when approved in 2018.
However, the August proposals were met with criticism by both councillors on the planning committee and members of the public in attendance.
Concerns were heard from the Sherwood Forest Friends of the Earth group, noting how a surface water drainage plan on a development this size ‘needs to be given time for consideration’.
Coun Andy Burgin, who represents Warsop Carrs, where the development will be built, also spoke against the plans.
However, Barratt & David Wilson Homes told the committee the amendments were ‘essential’ in delivering the scheme and would not ‘undermine’ conditions set out by planners.
The committee approved the developer’s request after a tied vote saw Coun Bill Drewett, committee chairman and member for Ling Forest, cast a deciding vote in favour of the changes.
Now the developer is bringing the scheme back before councillors to seek final approval for many aspects of it.
Documents due to be reviewed by the committee on Monday, January 17, outline the developer’s plans for the site’s layout, scale, appearance and landscaping.
The developer’s design and access statement confirms the homes would be accessed via two separate entry points on Stonebridge Lane, as well as via nearby Sookholme Lane for the southern section of development.
It contains a mixture of properties ranging from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom detached homes, with 20 per cent of the homes to be marketed as ‘affordable’.
Thirty-three letters of objection have been received for the current proposals, raising concerns over flooding, a lack of local amenities, overdevelopment, the impact on the Sookholme SSSI, and the impact of the Vale Road/A60 junction.
But councillors will be recommended to approve the development at ‘reserved matters stage’ when the committee meets next week.
The report states: “The site is considered to represent a deliverable residential development scheme within a suitable and sustainable location for residential development.
“The development proposals can deliver significant benefits to the district, alongside making a significant contribution to Mansfield District Council’s housing requirements over the next nine years.”