Wigwam inquiry delayed

Vera Malcolm
Vera Malcolm

THE PUBLIC inquiry to decide whether the Wigwam Lane playing fields in Hucknall should be given ‘village green’ status — and protected from housing development — has been postponed at the 11th hour.

The five-day inquiry was scheduled to start at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club, off Watnall Road, next Monday.

But it has now been put off until Monday April 16 because the lead inspector is having to deal with an illness in his family.

The hearing represents a final bid to protect the Wigwam from continued housing development and to preserve it as public open space.

Campaigning grandmother Vera Malcolm (83), of Leadale Avenue, Hucknall, is behind the application.

A previous attempt to secure the status failed in 2007 and paved the way for dozens of houses to be built as part of the Papplewick Green development.

But the newest pocket of 77 houses, being built by Barrett Homes, has been mothballed while the result of the ‘village green’ application is decided.

“We were all ready with everything in place,” said Vera. “But it is too short notice to get another inspector in. I’ve been phoning around all the witnesses who were due to give evidence to let them know.

“But we can wait. This is going to be a real test-case because I understand that no group has re-applied for ‘village green’ status and won.”