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Decision due on 850-home site with care home, hotel, petrol station and nursery

A decision will be made this month on whether to approve plans for 850 homes, a care home, a hotel, a petrol station, a nursery, a gym and three plots of employment space in Nottinghamshire.

The major development, on agricultural land at Pleasley Hill Farm, off Water Lane, has been in the pipeline for a number of years after being submitted to the council by developer Helier Ltd in 2020.

The company is proposing as many as 850 homes on the land with a mix of bedroom sizes and house designs, with a 160-bedroom care home also included within the proposals.

There is also allocated space for businesses, a local shopping hub, a hotel, further community facilities and major landscaping changes.

Mansfield District Council’s planning committee will be recommended to give the plans approval on Monday (July 4), but the council’s planning department will insist on at least 41 detailed conditions being met by the developer.

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A 102-page document published ahead of the meeting states more than £5 million will be requested in Section 106 developer contributions to mitigate the potential impact of the plans.

If approved, Nottinghamshire County Council would receive £4.6m in total, supporting a raft of services including public transport, highway management and education.

Papers confirm Helier will be asked to pay £1.831m towards primary education, with £29,951 for libraries, £1.882m for strategic transport, £600,000 for bus services and a further £51,926 for waste management.

If approved at the meeting on Monday, the development would straddle the busy Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR), with funding within the county council’s section 106 to address traffic concerns.

About £500,000 will also be sought for local healthcare services, with papers stating the nearby Pleasley Surgery, Bull Farm Practice of Oakwood Surgery and The Green Surgery are operating “at full capacity”.

Mansfield District Council expects 2,125 additional residents to be brought to the area due to development, including through the homes and care home, with conversations under way about how to tackle rising patient numbers.

The council’s report says: “The practices are currently reviewing their options as to how they may accommodate the increased number of patients due to this housing development.

“It is likely that the plans will include either reconfiguration or extension of existing premises or a new build that this S106 contribution will contribute towards.”

The council also confirms 10 per cent of the 850 homes will be listed as ‘affordable housing’, with a quarter of those 85 properties to be marketed as first-time buyer houses.

A further 20 per cent will be for social rent, with 45 per cent marketed as ‘affordable rent’ and the remaining 10 per cent as ‘intermediate’ or shared ownership. This will be a requirement in the Section 106 agreement.

For the market housing, the council will suggest five per cent – or about 38 – of the remaining 765 should be one-bedroom properties, with 30 per cent, or 230 homes, marketed as two-bedroom houses.

A further 344 homes should be three-bedroom properties, the council states, while 153 should be four-bedroom homes.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application states the developer will work closely with the authority if plans are given consent, with the land allocated in the council’s 2020 Local Plan.

Providing concluding comments in the 102-page report, the council’s planning department said: “The scheme will provide a substantial contribution to the supply of housing in the district.

“[It] will include provision for 10 per cent affordable housing and address the identified need for care provision, as well as the retirement accommodation required.”

In statements, the developer added: “The site forms a logical extension to the settlement of Pleasley Hill, benefiting from a highly sustainable location.

“The scheme provides residential, retail and commercial accommodation which are all in accordance with local requirements.

“The aim of the scheme is to create an attractive place for people to live, relax and work; an environment that fosters a strong sense of neighbourhood and community and creates a sense of place.”

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