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New homes plan for former fireplace showroom

New homes planned on land formerly used as a fireplace showroom in Mansfield could be approved by council planners this month.

Mansfield District Council’s planning committee will meet on Tuesday (August 29) to discuss the plans for Beardall Street.

The proposals could see the redundant former Alvey Fireplaces site, at the far end of the road, demolished and turned into new houses.

If approved, the new development would include four two-bedroom terraced townhouses – each with an off-street car parking space.

Original plans suggested another two semi-detached bungalows for the site but these have since been dropped by developers.

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Documents confirm the houses would face Beardall Street on the northern part of the site, with parking for these homes on the southeast of the site.

This parking would be formed in a small car park specifically for the homes, with the existing road requiring cars to obtain a parking permit.

The existing industrial site – which currently consists of three single-storey buildings and a courtyard – would be demolished to make way for the homes.

The proposals were lodged to the authority in February by applicant Witham and Baxter alongside planning agent Newbridge Developments Ltd.

In papers, the applicants said: “The site is well-located …and is well-served by regular bus services on Rosemary Street, providing regular access to adjacent settlements. The town centre bus station is also within walking distance.

“Essentially the site is currently light industrial use, which is not in keeping with the adjacent residential development.

“The area is predominantly residential and the proposed redevelopment … has been designed to enhance the character of the area.”

They added: “The proposed scheme looks to demolish the existing structures and to build … four two-bedroom houses over two floors.

“The proposed development will maximise the potential of the side … [and] resultant dwellings will include off-street car parking.

“The new homes will add to the mix of accommodation in the district providing accessible ‘starter’ and ‘retirement homes’ that are much-needed.”

Now new papers published ahead of the planning committee next week have confirmed the plans could be given the green light by councillors.

The council’s planning department says the plans are in a “sustainable area” and would preserve its “character and appearance”.

This is despite three objections being raised by residents about the potential loss of daylight, privacy and enjoyment of gardens, as well as potential concerns over security, health and wellbeing.

Other issues raised by objectors included issues from demolition as well as lost value on existing homes if the plans are approved.

However, in recommending approval, the council’s planning department said: “The site would involve the redevelopment of previously developed land in a sustainable location within the Mansfield urban area.

“The scheme would also preserve the character and appearance of the area, provide an appropriate living environment for both existing and future residents, and not endanger highway safety, biodiversity or increase flood risk.

“As such, planning permission is therefore recommended, subject to conditions.”

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