Housing plans will have ‘devastating’ impact on Hucknall

THE potentially devastating impact on Hucknall of large-scale housing development just across the border has not been taken into account, it was claimed at a public meeting.

Stephen Walker, a former member of Papplewick Parish Council, said Hucknall’s infrastructure would have to bear the brunt of Gedling Borough Council’s proposal to build 1,000 new homes on Top Wighay Farm.

In addition, the council wants to allocate land north of Papplewick Lane, also near Hucknall, for a further 600 homes.

The sometimes stormy meeting, organised by Linby Parish Council and attended by about 120 people, was held at Papplewick and Linby Village Hall.

Mr Walker said Ashfield District Council appeared to have been excluded from proper consultation, which meant that Hucknall’s needs were not being considered.

Gedling Council’s service manager for planning and economic development, Peter Baguley, told the meeting there was a need for the new homes because the borough had a housing waiting list of 4,500.

But Coun Chris Barnfather, leader of the Conservative group on the Labour-controlled Gedling Council, said he thought the 7,250 homes which the borough was being asked to find space for was too many.

He thought Gedling, which was largely a suburb of Nottingham, was having to pay the price of a 13% increase in the city’s population.

A resident of Hucknall’s Vaughan Estate, John Archer, said it was ‘morally indefensible’ to think of putting homes on green-belt sites and arable land when they could go on brownfield (previously used) sites.

The borough council says the Gedling Colliery site is not viable for housing because an access road costing £30 million would be required.

Mr Baguley denied claims made at the meeting that consultation about the plans was inadequate.

Aboout 1,200 people have submitted objections to the plans online.