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Major 850 home development ‘feels like an invasion’ on the countryside

today29 June 2022

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Residents say a proposed 850 homes development ‘feels like an invasion’ and they fear the countryside is ‘going to be taken over’. The development is proposed to be on land at Pleasley Hill Farm, near Mansfield.

The plans for the development involve 850 homes, a hotel, a care home, petrol station and shops. The outline planning application is due to be decided at a Mansfield District Council committee meeting on Monday, July 4.

Some of the neighbours who live nearby to the site on Kingfisher Road told Nottinghamshire Live they like having the countryside on their doorstep and don’t approve of the plans. Linda Hooton, has lived in the area for the past nine years, has concerns over the loss of the fields and green space.

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The 72-year-old said: “I’m not particularly happy. We’ve lived opposite the countryside to look out on to, the view is lovely. It’s going to be taken over, it feels like it’s an invasion. People are going to be moving in, it’s going to be builders, noise and mess. It’s going to be a building site.”

Planning officers have recommended outline permission is granted. However, a final decision will be made by councillors at the meeting. The site is between the A617 and A6191, it covers approximately 40.58 hectares.

Another resident, Helen Shields, 62, told Nottinghamshire Live that the green space is well used by the public. Mrs Shields said: “I’m not happy about it. I like having the countryside on my doorstep and don’t think it’s right for building and development.

Helen added: “It’s well used – walking, cycling, walking the dog and exercising. I think people when they built these houses, you come here thinking that’s all that would be built. But it’s disappointing because it’s getting wider out. People move here for the countryside.”

Both Anto Joseph and Bensy Joseph moved into their property four months ago, they say that they moved into the area because of the quiet countryside. Anto Joseph, 38, said: “We moved here recently, we would like to keep it like this – empty. We moved here because it’s quieter, it’s an empty space – that’s why we moved here. Nothing was mentioned in the selling.”

Bensy added: “When they are building it’s going to create a lot of noise and dust. The internet connection, it’s slower here than in other areas. First they need to make sure the facilities are in place.”

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