Hundreds more houses will be built in a village despite previous concerns that it would be “too much” for the area. Block clearance for a new 200-house estate on Blidworth Lane, Rainworth was given by Mansfield District Council in July 2021, but now details of the slightly reduced 199-unit housing development have been cleared.
Residents of Rainworth recently told Nottinghamshire Live that these and 95 more homes planned for Rufford Colliery Lane would be ‘too much’ for the village, which they said had limited shops and services. But Mansfield District Council’s planning committee approved plans for Barratt Homes, at Three Thorn Hollows Farm, off Blidworth Lane, at its meeting on Monday June 6.
A decision on the company’s proposals was postponed by the committee following concerns from neighboring houses. The developer originally proposed 200 properties on the pristine site, but councilors heard at the previous planning committee meeting on May 9 that two plots of land on the development could cause privacy and ‘eclipse’ issues.
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Amended plans showed the number of houses was reduced to 199, with the two affected plots changed from two semi-detached houses to a bungalow. The developer says this alleviated eclipse and privacy concerns raised by residents of Farnsworth Avenue, with whom the company worked in developing the amended plans.
Along with nearly 200 properties, developers Barratt Homes said their design “integrates open public spaces and structural landscaping and will form the basis for high-quality residential development.” According to planning documents, there would also be a centrally located children’s play area and an ecological buffer zone to preserve wildlife.
In a planning document, Barrett Homes said: “The proposed development will create housing choice and new amenity space for the existing and new community while improving public access through the site and to the wider pedestrian network. .
“The planning layout is based on best practice in urban design, community integration and sustainable development, with strong links to the wider area. It aims to create development for the 21st century, while reflecting desirable elements of the local vernacular.In this context, development will respect the local character but will also move the community towards a more sustainable future, through a significant increase in housing choice.
“The development will accord with high quality design principles and best practice to create a diverse urban landscape sympathetic to its surroundings. The aim must be to achieve a development with a strong identity and a distinct sense of place while integrating with the existing community.”
Three Thorn Hollow Farm, a local heritage property, which includes a farmhouse and residential barn conversions, would be lined with new homes on its north, east and south boundaries. Foulevil Brook, including Rainworth Lakes which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), is also near the planned homes.
A council document, prepared ahead of Mansfield District Council’s Planning Committee, said: “In conclusion, the site is therefore considered to represent a deliverable residential development scheme in a suitable and sustainable location for residential development.
The existing draft planning application and this application for reserved business are supported by detailed technical assessments which confirm that there are no technical or environmental constraints to the development of the site. This question-only planning application for 199 homes at the rear of the Three Thorn Hollow Farm site aligns with all development parameters established by the original planning approval.
“Development proposals can bring significant benefits to the district, in addition to making a significant contribution to the housing needs of Mansfield District Council over the next 11 years. Particularly in relation to maintaining a supply continuous 5 years in deliverable residential development sites.”