Wigwam gran defies diggers at housing site

LAST WALK ON THE WIGWAM? -- campaigning granmother Vera Malcolm
LAST WALK ON THE WIGWAM? -- campaigning granmother Vera Malcolm

A BATTLING pensioner has launched another bid to protect Hucknall’s Wigwam Lane playing fields from development — even though the diggers have already started work.

Grandmother Vera Malcolm was a leading member of the Wigwam Warriors campaign group that, for years, fought plans for up to 800 houses on the land and the adjoining Grange Farm site.

Three years ago, an application to achieve ‘village green’ status for the Wigwam, which would have stopped houses going up, failed.

Barratt Homes has started work on a cluster of 77 houses on the site after being given the green light by Ashfield District Council.

But Vera (83) has told the Dispatch she has submitted another application for ‘village green’ status to Notts County Council.

“I have always said that until those fields are completely built on, I am not giving up,” said Vera. “It’s a matter of principle.”

Mark Wright, managing director at Barratt East Midlands, said: “We are surprised that a second application for ‘village green’ status has been submitted when the previous application was dismissed following a public enquiry.

“It is extremely disappointing as the proposed development can only serve to enhance the local area by creating jobs for local people and providing quality new housing for local homebuyers.

“In addition, the associated section 106 agreements are quite substantial and include the construction of a new primary school, affordable housing, football pitches, changing rooms, a park, highway improvements and a local centre. The delivery of all these to the community will be delayed.”