Residents’ uproar over new plans for housing

STANDING FIRM -- the many residents who are objecting to the controversial plan to build more houses near Papplewick Lane, Hucknall -- DISPIC NHUD11-2525-1.
STANDING FIRM -- the many residents who are objecting to the controversial plan to build more houses near Papplewick Lane, Hucknall -- DISPIC NHUD11-2525-1.
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UP-in arms residents are campaigning against controversial plans by Gedling Borough Council to ‘dump’ 600 new houses on land on the outskirts of Hucknall.

As part of the Local Development Framework (LDF) — a document to set out a blueprint for housing over the coming 15 years — the site north of Papplewick Lane has been identified.

The land is classified as being in Gedling and was previously earmarked for up to 400 house in the Local Plan.

The Green Belt site was removed from the initial proposals but its status was then converted to ‘white land’, which means formerly rural land available for development.

Now the first stage of Gedling’s LDF has been published — and it includes this site, complete with 600 homes.

Gedling Council say that the site would help Gedling fulfil targets set down by the government for the numbers of houses needed in particular areas.

But nearby Hucknall residents have slammed the scheme.

They say the area where they live, which falls under the control of Ashfield District Council, would suffer from a lack of infrastructure.

They reckon local schools would become overcrowded and levels of traffic would increase, causing safety risks.

The residents are also concerned about how such a development would affect native wildlife. They also believe the site would be prone to flooding.

A campaign has been launched and a petition against the plans has already collected more than 400 names.

A spokesman for the residents, Brian Kirk, told the Dispatch: “The plans are a disgrace.

“Building on areas like this should only happen as a last resort.

“All residents should stand up now and take a stance. If we act together, we can have a voice.

“There will be more consultation later but by then, the proposal will be more firmly in Gedling’s plans. Now is the time to make our views known so it does not remain an option.”

Alison Gibson, planning policy manager at Gedling Council, confirmed there was an ongoing consultation on locally distinct housing proposals.

She said: “The paper considers the housing requirement for the borough and makes reference to the land north of Papplewick Lane.

“The land is currently identified as safeguarded in the Gedling Local Plan 2005. This confirms that it has been taken out of the Green Belt until such time that it is needed to meet future housing needs.

“All responses to the consultation paper will be given due consideration and a report will be issued.”