Joy as country park plans at Bentinck tip given the green light

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ASHFIELD’S economy is set to receive a major boost after ambitious plans to create a country park on the former Bentinck tip site were given the go-ahead by council chiefs.

Last year we reported that Broomco had unveiled far-reaching plans to create the country park at the tip, which is close to Kirkby, Annesley, Selston and Pinxton.

The plans, which include a host of facilities such as outdoor classrooms, an equestrian centre, an 18-hole golf course and club house, camping facilities, fishing ponds, small business units, wind turbines and football pitches across the 83-hectare site, were approved by members of Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning committee at County Hall.

Plans had previously been submitted to create a landfill site in the area - but these were thrown out by the county council in 2010 following a long campaign by residents.

Speaking afterwards, Coun Gail Turner, who represents Selston, said: “It’s fantastic news. It’s now going to be an outdoor recreation facility that the whole community can use. There will be open air classrooms and football pitches - who wouldn’t want that in Ashfield. We are also free from the scare from landfill.”