Success for the ‘little man’

Members of the 'Reach out Residents, Sub group'  Geoff Thorpe, Sally Wyatt, Barrie Green, Vaughan Gallagher, Carole Tarzza,
Members of the 'Reach out Residents, Sub group' Geoff Thorpe, Sally Wyatt, Barrie Green, Vaughan Gallagher, Carole Tarzza,

The adjournment of a public inquiry was ‘a major success for the little man in the street’, it was claimed at this week’s meeting of Hucknall’s Reach Out residents group.

The hearing was into an application by Muse Developments for diversion of a popular footpath to pave the way for an access road from Hucknall Bypass to a proposed business park on the Rolls-Royce site.

Planning inspector Helen Slade decided that she could not confirm the order because it was not worded correctly.

The inquiry was told that the applicant had claimed the planning green light was already granted for the development which would involve the diversion

But Ashfield District Council had not formally given the go-ahead, which meant that the required full public consultation had not been carried out.

Reach Out are opposing the diversion and the group was well represented at the hearing, which took place in the Ashfield Council Chamber in Kirkby on Tuesday night.

As well as the business park, 900 new homes are planned for the Rolls-Royce site and Reach Out have formed a sub-group to monitor the proposals as they proceed.

Sub-group chairman Geoff Thorpe said the order for the proposed diversion had been re-issued and objections needed to be submitted by Saturday September 26.

Commenting on the overall scheme, Mr Thorpe said: “We have never said we don’t want progress for Hucknall. What we do want is for the infrastructure to be put in place as a first step.”

Planning permission has been given for two new traffic islands on Watnall Road but the provision of a further roundabout on the bypass will depend on the outcome of the footpath diversion inquiry.

Reach Out also held their annual general meeting. Sally Wyatt and Davina Williams were re-elected as chair and secretary respectively, with Karen Foulds appointed as treasurer in succession to Barrie Hurst-Green.