Redevelopment of Warsop bowls club rejected over road safety concerns

Councillors went against officer recommendations to refuse the redevelopment of a former bowls club into homes after concerns were raised about insufficient on-site parking.

By Andrew Topping
Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 8:38 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 8:47 am

Developers had planned to turn the former Miners Welfare Trust Bowling Green and Social Club site, on Longden Terrace, Market Warsop, into 16 affordable homes.

However, a meeting of Mansfield Council’s planning committee this week heard concerns over road safety and parking posed by the scheme.

The meeting heard the site, between Longden Terrace and Pavilion Close, was ‘overgrown’ and people living nearby agreed it needs to be redeveloped.

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The proposed development site in Warsop.

However, the proposals were deemed to provide insufficient parking for residents and posed a safety risk to people living nearby.

The development was viewed by Nottinghamshire Council, the local highways authority, as unacceptable as it ‘doesn’t meet the standards’ of the district council’s ‘Parking for New Developments’ criteria.

Twelve properties were two-bedroom homes, and all were allocated one on-site parking space. The council’s guidance recommends two parking spaces for a two-bedroom home.

The remaining four properties, all three-bedroom homes, would have been allocated two parking spaces each.

Councillors were told the rationale behind this was the development’s close proximity to Market Warsop town centre. Council officers said this meant ‘regular resident journeys could be undertaken by non-vehicular modes of transport’.

However, this rationale was rejected by members of the committee.

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Struggle

Councillors also heard from a resident on Longden Terrace who said people ‘already struggle’ parking outside their homes, with the road subject to ‘close calls’, due to blind spots and is a drop-off point for Sherwood Junior School.

Residents and councillors believed the lower parking provision on the development would lead to an ‘overflow’ into Longden Terrace, increasing existing issues of parking and road safety.

The plans, recommended for approval, were rejected by seven votes to two.

Coun Andy Sissons said: “We do want affordable housing, it’s something we’re always asking for, shouting for, but it seems to me that, on this occasion, they’re calling them all ‘affordable housing’, just so they can put as many on the spot, and using it as an excuse to reduce the amount of parking.

“The fact it’s within walking distance from the town doesn’t stop people having cars, they will leave their cars at home and walk into town.”

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