Go-ahead for controversial housing

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COUNCIL chiefs have given the go-ahead for 20 new homes to be built on land at Occupation Road in Hucknall.

Members of Ashfield District Council’s planning committee met to discuss an application by Westleigh Developments Ltd for 20 ‘affordable homes’ to be built on the site.

The proposal had come before the committee on Wednesday June 20 when it was deferred so that further discussions about design, layout and highway issues could take place.

The applicant had originally wanted to build 22 homes, but this was amended to 21 and then 20.

Speaking at the latest meeting, Hucknall councillor Chris Baron (Lab) said: “It is in the interests of this authority that we develop on brownfield sites before greenfield sites.”

Some members of the committee raised concerns about whether the two extra houses which the applicant originally wanted to build would be included at a later date.

But they were told that if the developer wanted to build more houses, it would have to submit a fresh application.

The plans have proved controversial with some nearby residents and as well as seven objections, the council also received a petition with 68 signatures.

Among their concerns were increased traffic and the subsequent impact on road safety on Occupation Road.

As part of the agreement, the developer must pay contributions towards open space and education under a Section 106 agreement.

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