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Developer forced to replace tree axed against planning permission

Trees continue to dominate the news agenda in Newark and Sherwood – with protests continuing off London Road, Newark – now a developer is being forced to replace a mature sycamore tree axed down illegally in Blidworth.

 

A developer has been accused of ‘environmental vandalism’ by a new Independent District Councillor.

Councillor Tina Thompson, who was elected as an Councillor on Newark and Sherwood District Council last month has complained after a mature sycamore tree was chopped down at ‘The Meadows’ off New Lane in Blidworth.

The developer has now been served with an enforcement notice after the Council received complaints.

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Councillor Thompson said, “I have concerns about the mayhem being caused at The Meadows with major disruption at all hours.

“This now extends to environmental vandalism, with a beautiful tree being chopped down contravening planning permission.  I’ve been against this development from the start and the chaos caused has been entirely predictable.

“I’d like to thank vigilant residents who got in touch with me.  Developers need to know that they can’t get away with ‘conveniently’ riding roughshod over planning rules.  Whilst I welcome the firm action taken – developers would have got away with it if it wasn’t for local residents.  I am calling on District Council planners to watch this development like a hawk.”

 

The news comes as protesters continue to campaign against the felling of four trees off London Road, Newark.

Activists continue to stay stubborn over plans to cut down the sycamores, all aged around 100 years, to make way for 21 extra car park spaces.

 

The Meadows Development has caused controversy in Blidworth.

Councillors on Newark and Sherwood District Council approved Gleeson Homes’ proposals for the 81 houses, at land off New Lane in Blidworth known locally as ‘The Meadows’.

Complaints have been made about construction breaching the hours agreed and residents have complained about congestion cause by the developers.

 

The Council have issued a Breach of Condition Notice (BCN) under Section 187A (Enforcement of conditions) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

The notice requires the developer to plant a replacement tree of a suitable size and species (full details contained within the notice) within 100 days of the notice being issued. Thereafter the tree must be retained.

 

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