Plea to call in 300 homes bid refused

Residents of Papplewick Lane in Hucknall are opposed to a housing development on land off behind Papplewick Lane.
Residents of Papplewick Lane in Hucknall are opposed to a housing development on land off behind Papplewick Lane.
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An attempt to have an application for 300 new homes on the edge of Hucknall called in by the Government has been rejected.

Linby Parish Council wanted the Co-op’s application to Gedling Borough Council for the outline permission for 300 houses called in for further considerationbecause it includes the use of Greenbelt land.

Letters to Gedling and Mark Spencer MP, from the Minister for Housing and Planning Brandon Lewis, have been seen by Brownfield First campaigners who have vowed to fight on.

Brownfield First member Roberta Norris said: “This is of course disappointing but we will continue to do what we can to oppose this development and to ensure that if does go ahead that the impact on local residents, nearby villages and the local facilities, which are already under pressure, is minimised.

“The letter makes reference to the Government being ‘committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues’. The trouble for many of us residents is that we have no power or clout over Gedling’s decisions as we are not their community and cannot exercise that power – it’s a nonsense!

“It also appears that the government policy is for the local planning authority to consider whether specific regulations apply – where is there a process for scrutiny of this?”

She paid tribute to Ashfield councillors who have ‘been steadfast in their opposition’.

Brownfield First say they will continue to press for conditions to lessen the visual impact of the housing.