Work on Mansfield’s controversial Lindhurst housing plan could start next year

PROPOSALS to build 1,700 homes on the outskirts of Mansfield could move a step closer next week paving the way for work to begin early next year.

The controversial Lindhurst scheme on land off the A617 Marr Route between Southwell Road West and Nottingham Road could create thousands of jobs, new businesses, schools and doctors surgeries.

Planning permission was granted by Mansfield District Council in July 2011 by the narrowest of margins with councillors and residents divided by the plan.

The authority referred it to the Government because of its size, but the secretary of state said he would not be stepping in, meaning the decision stood.

Some feel the scheme is unnecessary and won’t help the local economy, but others say the town is in desperate need of a big project to drive investment and create jobs for local people.

Developers insist they will strive to make sure as much of the money spent on the project is kept within local companies.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s finance and property committee will meet on 21st January to help finalise the plans.

If the proposals are approved, it is expected to pave the way for work on the development to proceed with an anticipated start date for the first of the developments early next year.

The county council is a major landowner and stakeholder in the scheme.

The finance and property committee will discuss the legal agreement between the scheme’s partners and the Section 106 agreement to determine the county council’s financial contribution towards the costs of the scheme.

Once the scheme is completed, the county council is likely to receive £8-10m which would be available to invest in public services.

Councillor Reg Adair, chairman of the finance and property committee, said: “Over a number of years a huge amount of hard work by all the partners has gone into bringing the Lindhurst scheme forward. Finalising the Developers Collaboration Agreement, Section 106 Agreement and Project Implementation plan should mean the final, significant obstacles have been negotiated and the way will be clear for work to start on the scheme.”