Pit-site homes delayed

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COUNCILLORS have deferred a key decision on whether more than 100 new homes should be built at the former Annesley Colliery site.

Members of the planning committee remain undecided about the proposal from developers Merriman to build 124 properties in the village. They want to hold more talks with the firm.

Merriman submitted outline plans to build a mixture of two-to-four-bedroomed houses which would be both two and three-storey.

The area of land is ‘brownfield’ (used) and has become derelict since the closure of the colliery about a decade ago. It is close to the newly-created Jasmine Gardens, built by Persimmon Homes.

Officers recommended that permission be granted on the basis that Merriman provided contributions under a Section 106 agreement, which means the firm must ensure the development benefits the community.

This included providing some affordable housing, making financial contributions towards the regeneration of the area and improving parks.

Peter Sutton, of Merriman, said: “The proposal does already provide for a developer contribution of more than £1.2 million to enhance community open space, to deliver affordable homes, to improve highway junctions and a significant contribution to help kick-start employment opportunities within Ashfield, via the council’s graduate retention scheme.

“It is anticipated that a forecast £10 million would be injected into the local community through construction employment and use of local services and businesses.

“Aside from the financial benefits of the development, the approval of this application would help bring a derelict site back to life to enhance the conservation area and fulfil a recognised shortfall in the local authority’s housing supply by providing quality homes for local people.”

Meanwhile residents on nearby Mosley Road say they have mixed feelings about the prospect of more homes.

Tony Perry said: “Any regeneration is good. But it’s going to increase traffic.”

Husband and wife Stuart and Janet Tester said they were concerned that the development was too large.

Mr Tester said: “The increased traffic is bad enough but we also get the heavy vehicles from the industrial estate.

“This road was never built for this amount of traffic and it is going to increase the numbers considerably.”

Mrs Tester added: “The drains are bad here too. When it rains, you get slurries.”