Plan for Dorket Head extension ‘ignores heritage of area’

PICTURED: Dorket Head

Proposed extension to Dorket Head Brickworks

The public consultation for this planning proposal has closed.

The proposal, which could have an effect on the visual character of the area particularly concerning the heritage and landscape features relating to Spindle Lane and Foxwood, is part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Draft Minerals Plan regarding clay extraction during the next 15-20 years or so.

An extension to Ibstock Brickworks is being considered and as it is the only proposed site for clay extraction in the Nottinghamshire Plan, it is highly likely that it will be incorporated into the final Minerals Local Plan.

Currently the Brickworks occupies an area near Dorket Head crossroads, from Lime Lane, under Calverton Road, Arnold and through part of the waste disposal site towards Mapperley Plains.

Unfortunately, at the eastern end, the proposed extension to the site “jumps across” Woodborough Lane and stretches north and east into the Woodborough valley, adjacent to Nottingham Road (the road that continues on from Bank Hill). Most of the proposed site is on a relatively flat area at the top of the hill near the scrap yard, however, a significant part of it dips down quite a steep gradient to the north and would be visible from Spindle Lane and, potentially, from the Scheduled Ancient Monument at Fox Wood.

It is worth noting that the Landscape Character Assessment that forms part of the Plan’s additional consultation documents does not appear to consider the impact of this proposal when viewed from the countryside of Calverton and Woodborough.

Once again, we may be left disappointed that an emerging plan gives insufficient weight to its own heritage and landscape policies in its site selection process.

New bus services through the village

From the beginning of October two new bus services, operated by Nottingham Community Transport, CT4N, are being introduced.

S6 makes three return trips on Monday mornings only starting at Lowdham through Calverton then Woodborough and Lambley to Arnold (Sainsbury’s).

S8 is a single return trip on Wednesday and Friday mornings starting from the top of Main Street/Hollinwood Lane through Woodborough and Lambley to Netherfield (Morrison’s).

Everyone is invited to “Halloween, murder, ghosts and the like.”

Tales of ghosts, murders and strange goings on in the area, including some of the dark deeds and strange tales from the recent and not so recent past in north Nottingham and some of the people involved with Bob Massey local history writer, researcher and lecturer.

The event takes place on Wednesday, October 31 at 7.15 pmat the Baptist Church Hall, The Nook Admission £4 including light refreshments (CPHS Members £3-50)

Tickets available at The CORE Centre, St. Wilfrid’s Square or ring 965 4843 for more details

Bob Massey talk

Everyone is invited to “Halloween, murder, ghosts and the like.”

READ MORE:  It's A Wonderful Life screening promises to be a pre-Christmas treat at Bonington

Tales of ghosts, murders and strange goings on in the area, including some of the dark deeds and strange tales from the recent and not so recent past in north Nottingham and some of the people involved with Bob Massey local history writer, researcher and lecturer.

The event takes place on Wednesday, October 31 at 7.15 pmat the Baptist Church Hall, The Nook Admission £4 including light refreshments (CPHS Members £3-50)



Tickets available at The CORE Centre, St. Wilfrid’s Square or ring 965 4843 for more details

A walk for all seasons: Oxton Woods

Why not try a stroll down Mansfield Lane, or along Flatts Lane and turn right, and next to the “Egg Farm” is a stile and Public Footpath.  A few yards along this path and you will be able to see the replica Iron Age round house on your left.  Just a bit further on you enter Oxton Woods and the footpath turns to the right.  This is a good area in the Autumn for picking up sweet chestnuts.

Continuing along this path there is often a variety of birds to see and hear including woodpeckers.  Also there are various types of trees and bushes and even the odd dead one!

The path eventually reaches the eastern edge of the Woods and if you turn left and cross the Doverbeck you soon arrive at the roundabout on the Oxton bypass.

If you take the right-hand track across an arable field the path leads up a slight rise and down to Carrington Lane.  Here you can turn left, right or keep almost straight on and return to the village.

Pres clips

  • The Pres has several copies of the latest edition of the glossy magazine “E. Midlands History and Heritage” to give away! Articles include “Nottingham’s Great Gunpowder Explosion of 1818”. “Civil Defences in Newark during World War II”. Plus Lord Byron and the Luddite Movement and other news and notices about E. Midlands Local History. Please get in touch if you would like a copy (first come, first served!)
  • An application has been submitted to the Traffic Commissioners for a change to the existing licence to keep an extra 5 goods vehicles and 7 trailers at the operating centre at Walkers Products of Greenacres, Mansfield Lane.
  • The application to create a cemetery between the top of George’s Hill and the entrance to the Calverton Hill Hospital still has to be decided by GBC Planning Committee and could be considered at their October meeting.
  • A set of “Calverton Compendiums”, a village magazine from the 1980s, has been gratefully added to the Folk Museum collection after being received from a local resident.

You can get more details about the Calverton Pres ervation and History Society by calling 0115 9654843 or emailing  pressoc@ntlworld.com

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.