Public meeting on housing plan for Top Wighay

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A LONG-standing battle to stop Top Wighay Farm, between Linby and Hucknall, from being used for hundreds of houses is still in full swing — and will be the subject of a public meeting next week.

The pow-wow will take place at Papplewick and Linby Village Hall on Linby Lane next Thursday (July 5), starting at 7.30 pm.

Coun Bob Brothwell, who has stepped down as chairman of Linby Parish Council to focus on the controversy, said: “We will cause as much hassle over this as we can.”

He said a ‘whisper’ had been going round that a waste-recycling incinerator, originally planned for Bentinck Void near Annesley Woodhouse, may now be proposed on part of the Top Wighay site which was earmarked for industrial development.

Coun Brothwell pointed out that as well as just over 1,000 homes planned for Top Wighay, a further 600 were proposed for land north of Papplewick Lane in Hucknall.

The plans are also to be discussed in the context of controversial proposals for housing developments at Bestwood Village and on the outskirts of the city at Bulwell.

On the other side of Hucknall, land at Watnall Brickyard, off Watnall Road, which comes under the jurisdiction of Browtowe Borough Council, is also pinpointed for housing.

Protesters say this will result in Hucknall becomming hemmed in and will mean the loss of the town’s individual identity.

It is suggested that 30% of the proposed housing for Top Wighay and the land north of Papplewick Lane would be ‘affordable’ housing and Coun Brothwell said: “I am told it will be for displaced persons.”

The fight to stop development of Top Wighay has been ongoing for 17 years.

Coun Brothwell said the proposals would have a massive an impact on Hucknall and picturesque Linby because there isn’t the infrastructure to cope with so many new households.

He says that all members of Gedling Borough Council, which is to decide on the future of Top Wighay, have been invited to the meeting.

But he remains unsure as to whether any will come, claiming: “They have consistently refused to speak to us.”

Top Wighay was in the Green Belt but became white land, which means development is permissible.

Notts County Council is the main landowner of Top Wighay and has stressed that it is keen to ensure that the value of the site is maximised.

Residents living near Top Wighay have claimed that it would be a ‘crying shame’ to lose the land because it was in the middle of a picturesque rural area.”