Fresh fight to save woodland

.Residents of Forest Rd Annesley at Little Oak Plantation which may be used as a soak away
.Residents of Forest Rd Annesley at Little Oak Plantation which may be used as a soak away

DETERMINED residents of Annesley are gearing up for another battle to block a housing company from creating a drainage system on a much-loved piece of woodland.

Ashfield District Council’s planning committee rejected Taylor Wimpey’s application last year to build 97 new homes on land off Forest Road amid concern that the flood-risk assessment was not adequate.

Villagers also submitted more than 1,000 objections focusing on congestion fears and impact on wildlife.

As part of the scheme, Taylor Wimpey also wanted to create a surface and foul-water drainage system at an area known as Little Oak Plantation. This was also thrown out.

Now the firm has submitted a fresh application for drainage works at the same site ‘to serve proposed residential development’ — even though it has not applied to build houses.

The latest proposal has angered nearby residents, including members of the community group Annesley Community Committed to Ensuring Sustainable Developments (ACCESS)

Said group chairman Peter Olko: “We are disappointed as a group that Taylor Wimpey hasn’t listened to the local community and councillors who have previously condemned this scheme as inappropriate and devastating to our countryside.”

Taylor Wimpey has refused to be drawn on whether it will submit fresh plans for housing and says it will await the outcome of the drainage application before deciding.

Dominic Harman, managing director of Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, said: “We remain committed to bringing forward high quality sustainable development at Forest Road, which we still believe will provide much-needed new affordable homes, help to create and sustain local employment and bring further enhancements for the local community.”

n OUR PHOTO shows campaigners at Little Oak Plantation