Proposals for a major urban extension involving 170 hectares of land at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire have been approved by Mansfield District Council by the narrowest of margins. The scheme, which includes plans for 1,700 new homes and 4,000 new jobs, required the casting vote of the planning committee chairman.
The application will now be referred to the National Planning Casework Unit which will give Communities Secretary Eric Pickles the opportunity to decide whether to call in the application for a public inquiry or allow the council to issue the permission.
The application, submitted by the Lindhurst Group, was one of the largest planning applications received by Mansfield District Council. Officers recommended the project should be approved.
The proposed development is for an employment-led mixed-use scheme including, commercial, residential, retail, healthcare, educational and leisure uses, including a new primary school, local centre and community park.
The Lindhurst Group is a consortium of master planners, environmental consultants, house builders, developers and land agents who have delivered regeneration schemes in Corby, Coalville, Bilston and Bristol.
The project has generated considerable controversy locally because of the loss of countryside and wildlife habitats. Conservation groups have warned that the presence of rare ground-nesting nightjars in nearby woods could be disturbed if the proposals go ahead.
14 July 2011