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Planning permission for housing refused for Gotham site

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A building which once housed the British Legion in Gotham will not now be used to build eight new houses.

It had been hoped that the land, on Nottingham Road, would be used to create three four-bedroom detached houses, one three-bedroomed house and four semi-detached houses.

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The detached houses would have faced Nottingham Road, while two pairs of semi-detached three-bedroomed houses were also planned to face into the site.

But the planning committee of the Conservative-controlled Rushcliffe Borough Council voted unanimously last night to refuse the planning permission.

The Royal British Legion had said they would welcome the sale, as the club had been for sale for the past three years.

They said it would have been good to see it ‘finally put to some use for the benefit of the village’.

However, concerns were aired over the suitability of the site for housing.

Councillor Rex Walker, who represents the ward for the Conservatives, said the project failed to provide ‘needs-based housing’, and that the village has a lack of smaller properties, which this site would have been ideal to provide.

Another issue raised by planning officers was the previous history of the site. In 2015, it was designated an ‘Asset of Community Value’, and planning permission was granted to change the use of the building to a shop and café with ancillary storage for community organisations.

A report by planners found: “The key issues to consider are, firstly, the principle of development in terms of Green Belt, housing on unallocated sites and re-use of a site that was previously a community building.

“It then falls to consider the highway safety aspects of the scheme, whether the proposed layout and design is acceptable in relation to the surrounding area and the amenity impact on any existing residential properties, and the potential future occupiers of the houses themselves.”

“The existing British Legion building is an existing community facility and as such its loss must be justified. The site is also listed as an Asset of Community Value.”

But the agent for the scheme, 1NA Ltd, provided supporting information which stated: “The site has been vacant in excess of five years; There is an existing village hall, church hall, pub and shop in the village; The Asset of Community Value process has effectively tested the market for any potential community re-use; and that: The marketing agents for the site have confirmed there has been no interest from existing local community groups.”

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