Work has started on a controversial multi-million pound mixed-use development scheme which expected to create up to 4,000 jobs in Mansfield.
The Lindhurst Group is set to develop approximately 480 acres of land on the boundary of Nottingham and Mansfield, delivering an urban extension to Southern Mansfield.
Berry Hill Mansfield will comprise serviced land for hi-tech research and development facilities, offices and industrial accommodation as well as leisure and retail, up to 1,700 new homes, a brand new primary school, children’s nursery, health centre and care facilities.
Work officially started with a ground breaking ceremony on 16th March, where Mayor Tony Egginton turned the first sod.
Richard Bowden, project representative for The Lindhurst Group, developers of Berry Hill Mansfield, said: “This is a hugely important scheme for Mansfield and we are delighted that work will commence this month. Berry Hill will provide a significant boost to the economy in the area, creating an estimated 4,000 jobs.”
A judicial review into the 1,700 homes earmarked for near the MARR route in Mansfield was dismissed by the Royal Courts of Justice despite a large group of residents launching an appeal in opposition to the plans.
The cornerstone of their argument centres on the wildlife habitats they claim could be put at risk by building on the land.
Coun Stephen Garner, who has been supporting the residents’ plight, said the develoment was a sad day for Mansfield and described the 4,000 jobs as ‘pie in the sky’. He said: “There are a massive amount of brownfield sites available which are being left idle and instead they want the houses to go on quality agricultural land. I would like to thank all the protestors who took this to a judicial review.”
Around 90 residents raised more than £20,000 to help in the fight against the Lindhurst development.