Frustrated Hucknall residents say they are being kept in dark over homes plan

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An angry Hucknall group say they are not being kept updated about plans for 900 new homes and a business park on the town’s Rolls-Royce site.

The chairman of Reach Out Residents’ Association, Sally Wyatt, wrote to development company Muse over a month ago but has so far received no reply.

At the association’s latest meeting, Sally said she sent Muse the names of a sub-group formed by the association to look into the controversial £27m proposals.

“I found out that Muse met with some residents but they have not contacted us,” said Sally. “I don’t feel very happy about it. I will write again to ask if Muse got my letter.”

At a planning meeting in March, Ashfield councillors gave the go-ahead for the development but Reach Out, who are opposed to the plans, have vowed to fight on.

Sub-group chairman Geoff Thorpe said: “We must go through procedures with the Government and local authorities before coming to a decision as to what we will do next.

“We are, however, close to ticking the last box. At the appropriate time, I will give a full update of where we stand.”

Rolls-Royce and Muse have claimed that the proposed business park, covering 27.8 hectares of the site, would create about 2,000 high-quality jobs. The residential development would comprise 31.2 hectares.

But critics say the existing infrastructure would come under severe pressure. They claim that Watnall Road would not be able to cope with the extra traffic.

Rolls-Royce ended engine testing at its Hucknall plant in 2008 but the company still has a factory on the site. The former runway would become a road with houses on either side.

The Dispatch has made repeated attempts to contact Muse for a comment but so far without success.