Relieved residents win latest battle in housing saga

'WE WILL NOT GIVE UP' -- Martin Bainbridge looks across the site at the centre of the controversial housing plans -- DISPIC NHUD11-2824-1
'WE WILL NOT GIVE UP' -- Martin Bainbridge looks across the site at the centre of the controversial housing plans -- DISPIC NHUD11-2824-1
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DETERMINED residents have won the latest battle in their long-running fight against plans to build houses on garden land in Hucknall.

A saga has surrounded the site, which runs from houses on Windmill Grove and connects with Sandy Lane in the town.

Controversial schemes for up to five and then four houses have previously been blocked by Ashfield District Council.

But a new proposal, to build just one house, looked on its way to being granted full permission.

The scheme was given the go-ahead by planners back in 2009 and officers of Ashfield District Council recommended the green light be given to the latest application.

However, councillors at a meeting of the planning committee went against professional advice and backed residents — voting to throw the plan out on a majority vote of ten to two.

Resident Martin Bainbridge, whose bungalow on Sandy Lane flanks the plot, said: “It is great that we have won the backing of councillors.

“I object to the scheme on the grounds that it would impact on my right to privacy and light. The house that was planned would have completely blocked out the sunlight.”

After outline permission was initially granted for housing on the site two years ago, the applicant, Graham Read, came back to the council with a scheme for five houses.

This was refused in March last year and an appeal to the planning inspectorate was thrown out last November.

A further application, this time for four houses, was rejected by Ashfield Council in August this year.

Mr Read still has the option of appealing against the latest decision by councillors.

But Mr Bainbridge said: “We will not give up. Yes, the plot looks a bit of a mess and something should be done with it.

“But any development must be appropriate and take into consideration the other residents.”

The application at last week’s committee meeting was brought forward by Coun Trevor Locke (Lab), of Hucknall..

Planning officers had deemed that the development was in keeping with the area and would have no detrimental impact on the surrounding streets and homes.