Homes have been approved on the grounds of a Grade II listed Mansfield hall despite more than 1,000 people submitting a petition against the plans.
Mansfield District Council’s planning committee approved the development on land at Berry Hill Hall, looking over the popular Berry Hill Park, at its meeting on Monday (July 5).
The scheme, submitted by company One Fine Day Developments, will bring 12 apartments and eight detached homes on either side of the hall’s gardens.
Previous planning permission on the land, which is still valid, had given approval for more than 70 apartments across a four or five-storey building on the grounds.
However, developers and the council have been working together for a number of years to put forward a proposal that was “far more sympathetic” to the nature of the historic site.
More than 1,000 people signed an online petition calling for the current plans to be stopped, with residents raising concerns about the impact on the listed building, the loss of a heritage asset and fears of ‘over-development’ on the site.
But members of the planning committee decided the new proposals were more suitable than previous plans in protecting the site.
Councillor Andy Wetton, who represents Meden for Labour, spoke out in favour of the proposals at the planning committee meeting.
He said: “I think this is quite a strange one to come before the committee, in my experience we often have planning applications where we’re told we can’t make any alterations to what’s before us.
“There is planning permission which was granted years ago which would be totally abhorrent now, and this application would appear to be a very good solution.
“I think the fact that conservation officers, heritage officers and everyone else have done work on this to get to this stage is quite refreshing.”
Councillor Craig Whitby, Labour member for Manor, also supported the scheme.
He said: “The planning permission that is currently extant is quite overbearing and the new, refined version ensures that the hall is the dominant feature of the landscape.
“For me that’s enough to be able to support it.”
The apartments will be spread across two blocks, consisting of 11 two-bedroom apartments and a single one-bedroom property, with each home allocated one parking space.
The eight separate houses include five 2.5-storey detached houses, two detached two-storey houses and one detached dormer bungalow.
Properties will be based on either side of the formal gardens of the historic hall, with the land then improved by developers before being made open to the public.