Report recommends green light for Lindhurst

COUNCIL officers have recommended plans to build a huge housing and business project south of Mansfield are given the green light.

The Lindhurst project is to go before Mansfield District Council’s planning committee on 12th July, 18 months after it was first submitted.

On Friday (1st July) the pre-meeting report prepared by officers was published, saying the scheme should be given outline planning permission.

Officers say the scheme should be permitted as it “would promote the growth of the Mansfield district and would provide excellent linkages to the existing MARR road and surrounding infrastructure,”

If built, the development will involve around 1,700 new homes off the A617 between Rainworth and the A60.

Developers the Lindhurst Group also say its commercial element will bring up to 4,000 jobs to the area and help drive regeneration across Mansfield.

The 45-page report says 143 letters and emails containing objections to or observations on the proposal have been received.

Thirty-two letters and emails of support have also be sent in as part of the pre-decision process.

Objections included concern over increased traffic, impact on wildlife and loss of agricultural land.

Among those opposed are Ashfield District Council on the grounds it has not been consulted on the design, traffic assessments are needed and lack of details relating to a potential Special Protection Area for birds.

Supporters wrote to say the project will encourage investment in the area, create jobs and meet housing needs.

The report also says the secretary of state could decide to ‘call in’ the application and have it decided by a public enquiry if the committee does pass the plans on 12th July.

In delivering a recommendation the committee grant outline permission, the report adds: “While the site is located outside of the defined urban boundary, it is considered that the application successfully demonstrates an exemplar form of development which would deliver employment opportunities in addition to community facilities and infrastructure.”

-For a full report and reaction see next Wednesday’s (6th July) edition of Chad.