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151 homes for Keyworth recommended for approval by council

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A decision is expected to be made next week on whether to allow 151 new houses to be built on the outskirts of Keyworth.

The land, next to the British Geological Survey at Barnfield Farm, is currently fields.

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Planning bosses at Rushcliffe Borough Council have recommended the scheme be referred to the National Planning Casework Unit for consideration.

The council recommendation may not necessarily be voted through by the planning committee.

Should the unit, which can refer the plans to the Government for a decision by a Secretary of State, have no qualms with the development, it is recommended the council approve the bid.

Exact details of the plans have not yet been released. Instead, developers are hoping to get the scheme approved in principle before designs are finalised.

The application says 20 per cent of the homes built (around 30) will be affordable.

The majority of the homes, 126 will be houses and there will be 25 bungalows.

Of the 126 houses, there are 42 two-bed, 36 three-bed, 36 four-bed and 12 five-bed.

Rushcliffe, like all councils, has been given strict minimum house building targets by the Government.

The target given to Rushcliffe was the highest in the county – 13,000 new houses. To help meet this target, 450 have been designated for Keyworth.

Conservative councillor Rob Inglis, who represents Keyworth, said: “Anything built around the village will have to be on the green belt, so it’s got to be accepted that any development to keep up with the government demand will have to be on the green belt.

“It’s inevitable that some green belt will go.

“Our aim is to make sure that any development fits with the local plan, because that is what local people have told us they want.”

A council report on the application said: “Keyworth is one of the borough council’s key rural sustainable settlements identified for growth, where a minimum of 450 houses is proposed.

“As Keyworth is an inset green belt village, it was always envisaged that such development would necessitate development in the current green belt.”

A petition signed by the owners of 22 nearby properties said the houses should not be built on greenbelt land, that there was a lack of structural landscaping, and that it had poor sustainability credentials.

The application is in the name of Tuttey Family And CEG Land Promotions Ltd.

A decision by Rushcliffe Borough Council’s planning committee will be taken on Thursday, June 30.

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