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Plan for 136 new homes recommended for approval

Councillors have been recommended to move a 136-home development through to its next stage in the planning process despite longstanding objections from the local parish council.

The development, at the former Noble Foods site in The Moor, Bilsthorpe, was approved by Newark and Sherwood District Council in outline form 18 months ago.

Now the scheme will go before the council’s planning committee again in its reserved matters stage, with developer Harron Homes outlining its proposals for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping.

Planning documents published ahead of the meeting on Tuesday (November 2) show the scheme will include homes of between two and five bedrooms.

In total, there would be six two-bedroom bungalows and a further 12 two-bedroom, 36 three-bedroom, 73 four-bedroom and nine five-bedroom houses.

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The six bungalows were initially listed as ‘affordable’ before the May 2020 planning committee opted to seek market homes. This decision was taken to receive more section 106 developer contributions.

Council documents state the development would include three areas of open space, including one with an area for “junior play”, while another would include a small area for infants to play in at its southeastern corner.

It would be accessed via an existing entry point in Kirklington Road.

When the development was reviewed 18 months ago, 15 local residents submitted objections to the scheme.

These raised issues over the village’s infrastructure, the loss of green land, the high number of houses, and fears the village has “already substantially changed” in recent years.

Further concerns were raised about the character and design of the application, issues of noise pollution and disturbance, privacy, and access issues near the Kirklington Road and Farnsfield junction.

No formal objections have been raised to the current, reserved matters application.

However, commenting at the previous, outline stage, Bilsthorpe Parish Council said: “The impact of the Noble Foods development on Bilsthorpe would affect the local primary care service, local education services and activities within the village.

“An increase in travel would see more cars using the road network within the village with parking in key areas concerning and the junctions to very busy main roads difficult to negotiate.”

The parish council also viewed the offer of section 106 contributions to be “insufficient”.

But when the application was approved at its outline stage, a legal section 106 agreement secured £643,840.73 from the developer.

This would contribute to bus stop provision (£17,000), community facilities (£188,253.52), primary education (£332,195.29), library stock (£6,062), and outdoor sports and recreation (£100,329.92).

Councillors will be recommended to give the development reserved matters approval on Tuesday, subjection to a series of planning conditions.

In the documents, the council’s planning department said: “The development will make a meaningful contribution to the housing delivery of the District.

“In the absence of any formal objections from statutory consultees, officers have attached positive weight to the housing delivery of an allocated site and recommend reserved matters approval.”

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