Anger over houses plan for fields

BATTLEFIELDS ' the Hempshill Fields, which have been targeted for development
BATTLEFIELDS ' the Hempshill Fields, which have been targeted for development
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PLANS to build 139 houses on open fields on the outskirts of Bulwell have sparked strong opposition from residents and local politicians.

Leicester-based company Langham Park Developments wants to create a housing estate on a pocket of land that borders the 60mph A610 near Nuthall and Low Wood Road in Bulwell.

The site, which is known as Hempshill Fields, is near to historic Hempshill Hall, parts of which dates back to the 16th century.

An application has been submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council for outline permission to build on the land.

The plot is designated in the Broxtowe Local Plan as protected open space and a haven for wildlife as a site of importance for nature conservation.

So there are fears that allowing the housing would erode a crucial piece of green land that creates a buffer between built-up areas.

Residents have set up a website entitled ‘Save Our Fields’. On it, they say: “As caring neighbours, we want to preserve this last open green-field space.

“There will be nowhere left for locals to walk their dogs or for children to go sledging when it snows.

“There would be no views, no space. Just some characterless housing, surrounded by two-metre high wooden fencing.”

The protesters have been backed by Bulwell’s Labour MP, Graham Allen. In a letter of objection, Mr Allen says some it was “unreasonable and unfair” that residents were not invited to a public meeting, organised by the developer.

He claims the hosuing estate would have a severe impact because of the loss of green space and it would be “inappropriate to box in, and surround with modern buildings, a series of Listed buildings”.

Mr Allen also says ancient footpaths and historic rights of way could “at worst be lost”.

The plans include three-bedroomed townhouses, four-bedroomed detached properties, three-storey homes and a proposed access off Low Wood Road

Nottingham City Council has also submitted a letter of objection, stating that the development would be “harmful” to the area.

The plan is expected to come before Broxtowe councillors in the coming weeks.