Thumbs up for housing

FIVE homes are to be built on greenfield land in Mansfield - a development which had previously been thrown out.

Plans to build five homes on land to the rear of Garth Road and Hillway Crescent were approved by Mansfield District Council’s Planning Committee.

Councillors gave it the green light despite the Planning Inspectorate refusing an appeal for permission in 2009.

A planning application to build on the land had previously been turned down by the council and dismissed on appeal in 2000.

Folk who oppose the development said there was no material change since the Planning Inspectorate turned down permission.

Coun Kate Allsop, who opposed the development, said: “The committee said no, the Planning Inspectorate said no and now were are back again.

“I think the residents who are against this application are very clear they cannot understand why they are here again.”

But the committee agreed with planning officers‘ recommendations to approve the development following a change in Government policy.

Coun Charles Hammersley, the applicant, and a member of the planning committee, left the meeting during discussions of the development.

l Ninety-nine homes are to be built on land close to the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route. Developer Property Services will build the properties off Old Newark Road and Redruth Drive. It will pay more than £240,000 because of the extra demand the development put on local primary schools in the area.

l Plans to build 22 affordable homes in Warsop Vale have been given the go ahead by Mansfield District Council.

The Leicester Housing homes are to built on land off Greenshank Road and will all be available under the Government subsidised intermediate affordable rent scheme.