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Council approve plan for 24 homes on land in Gedling despite concerns from residents over privacy

The plans include a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes which will all be two or 2.5 storeys, including two for affordable rent and three for first-time buyers.

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Plans for 24 homes in Gedling have been approved by councillors despite concerns over existing residents’ privacy.

Developer WFW Developments Ltd brought forward the plans for land at Grange View Road, on an overgrown site close to existing homes.

The plans include a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes which will all be two or 2.5 storeys, including two for affordable rent and three for first-time buyers.

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PICTURED: The plans were approved during a meeting of councillors at the Civic Centre in Arnold

It would be accessed from Grange View Road and via a footway on either side of the development.

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The plans are part of the wider Willow Farm development, which has already been granted consent for 110 houses.

Councillors debated the 24 home plans on Wednesday (January 11) and granted planning consent.

However, the planning committee meeting heard from Philip Oddie, of the Willow Farm Action Group, who raised concerns about the impact on existing homes.

He told councillors: “The layout of the houses on the southern edge of the development will result in significant harm to the residential amenity currently enjoyed by existing residents.

“We see little evidence in this application that this has been considered. The applicant’s intention to construct two-storey houses on elevated terraces … will only serve to maximise the negative impact.

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“The height, bulk and position of these new houses will dominate neighbouring properties and will result in the occupants having close-up views into the rear rooms and gardens of existing homes.

“The impact of the applicant’s plan will be devastating.”

Councillor Andrew Ellwood (Lib Dem), the ward member for Phoenix, shared these concerns.

He said: “It’s really quite noticeable how seven of the proposed houses are really overlooking the existing houses.

“It is so overbearing for those existing residents and would look incongruous to my mind.

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“I think with maybe a little more imagination, something better could have been proposed.”

The committee had initially discussed deferring the plans and asking the developer to outline a visual impact assessment for the scheme.

This deferment was proposed by Cllr Chris Barnfather (Con), who represents Newstead Abbey,  but was voted down.

In the meeting, Cllr Barnfather said: “I do not think we have sufficient information to make the decision today.

“I believe these properties are overbearing and impactful on the quality of life of residents of the existing properties.

“For that reason, I can’t support the application as it is.”

However, other councillors spoke in favour of the development and it was ultimately granted planning permission in line with officer recommendations.

Cllr Paul Wilkinson (Lab), who represents Carlton, said: “We have to accept Gedling is a hilly borough.

“There are houses all across the borough where there are big differences in height.

“It’s not unusual for the borough of Gedling. The principle of development has been established and I think I’m happy with what’s proposed.”

Cllr Pete Barnes (Lab), who represents Daybrook, added: “I think it’s a decent-sized development.

“These probably will sell because it’s quite pleasant down there now we’ve got the relief road and it’s quite easily accessed.

“I think it’ll be a very nice development.”

The plans were approved subject to the developer agreeing to significant financial contributions.

This includes £15,000 for bus stop enhancements, £131,270 for education and £12,680 for open space maintenance.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. shocking .. veteran 200 year old tree ash .. would go .. hedges in danger of residents hacking.. total overlooking
    king into bedrooms and living rooms .. former greenbelt destroyed pete wood .. most of that planning committee useless.. planners even more so!

  2. Why are we paying for the financial incompetence of this council ? Packed in like sardines ,land sold to the highest bidder , a glorious country park that now turns out to be no more than gardens for all the properties built ,people need space to breathe, so stop this money making development now ,the residents of gedling have giving up enough open spaces, we are sick of this enough is enough.

  3. This is a shocking decision. Yet again cash from developers has overridden the rights of neighbouring dwellings.
    Sad to say it’s typical of gedling planning decisions!

  4. I feel sad that all this green space is being lost to housing. Gedling is losing everything that was once special about it. So much housing is appearing on every vacant plot and the infrastructure isn’t there to support all the new residents. The once beautiful fields around Lambley and Gedling are all gone and now we have a road and every available space is being built on. I look forward to leaving the area

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