Residents and campaign groups have vowed to continue their fight to stop 300 new homes being built on the edge of Hucknall despite Gedling councillors giving plans the go-ahead at a meeting on Wednesday night.
At a heated planning meeting at Gedling Council headquarters, councillors voted to allow outline permission for the plan, which also includes a primary school, on 16 hectares of farmland north of Papplewick Lane.
The Co-operative Group, which is the largest of three owners of the site, put in the application which comes within Gedling’s Aligned Core Strategy which a planning inspector stamped as ‘sound’ only recently.
Roberta Norris, representing Linby and Papplewick parish councils and local residents, put the objectors’ case at a meeting of Gedling Planning Committee.
She said there were major worries about the traffic impact on Hucknall’s Vaughan Estate and the villages of Linby and Papplewick. Local schools already had waiting lists and Hucknall doctors’ surgeries were struggling to cope with patient demand, she added.
Roberta said the objectors were unhappy that proposed flood ponds would go on land that was still in the Green Belt.
“While we welcome stringent conditions required by the Environment Agency to manage the flood risk, concerns remain about the potential impact on the historic Warp Mill, where the River Leen runs through the garden,” she told the meeting.
Coun Andrew Ellwood (Lib Dem) said: “I have difficulty with this application because it is Hucknall, outside the borough, which will have to bear the brunt of all the extra traffic and educational provision.”
But Coun Meredith Lawrence (Lab) claimed: “There is a crying need for houses in Gedling. Sites we have earmarked are not being developed quickly enough.”
The committee’s decision is subject to a section 106 agreement and a possibility of the Secretary of State ‘calling in’ the application.
An access road into the site, which is in Hucknall, will be decided by Ashfield councillors on Thursday 21st August.
Speaking after the meeting, Hucknall’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer who was also in attendance, said: “I hope the Secretary of State looks at this proposal within the national policy.”
In a parting shot as she left the council chamber, Helen Cannon, of Walk Mill Drive, Hucknall, called out to the councillors: “You made no mention of how local residents will be affected.”