Council takes a stance against housing proposal

ON A MISSION -- Coun Ian Morrison (Lab), of Hucknall, with responses to his consultation on a proposal to build at Top Wighay Farm on the Hucknall border -- DISPIC NHUD11-3144-1
ON A MISSION -- Coun Ian Morrison (Lab), of Hucknall, with responses to his consultation on a proposal to build at Top Wighay Farm on the Hucknall border -- DISPIC NHUD11-3144-1
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A STRONGLY-worded letter has been sent expressing the disappointment felt by Ashfield District Council surrounding a proposal by neighbouring Gedling Borough Council to build thousands of houses on the Hucknall border.

The Dispatch exclusively revealed last month that Gedling had sent out a consultation document suggesting, as ‘Option One’, that more than 4,500 homes could be built on the Top Wighay Farm site that sits between Hucknall and Linby.

It is part of suggestions to meet housing targets for the borough.

The news sent shockwaves among local residents and has sparked an angry response from Hucknall members of Ashfield District Council.

Now a letter has been sent to the chief executive of Gedling Council, John Robinson, calling for greater consultation between the two authorities.

It goes on to express the negative impact such a house-building programme would have on the services and infrastructure of Hucknall.

It also claims that building such numbers at Top Wighay Farm would exceed Gedling’s housing needs.

In the meantime, Coun Ian Morrison (Lab), a Hucknall member of Ashfield Council, has launched a consultation exercise of his own in his North ward.

In it he asks whether residents are for or against ‘more houses being built on our borders with Gedling?’.

He also asks if respondents are in favour or against the long-running Hucknall inner bypass, which would ultimately link Annesley Road with Station Road.

Coun Morrison has footed the bill for the consultation but a similar exercise is now being taken up by other Labour councillors in the town in their wards.

Already more than 200 responses have been received by Coun Morrison. It is estimated that residents are two-to-one against the house-building and the inner bypass.

He said: “I am hoping to get this recognised as an official consultation by Ashfield Council.”