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Neighbours wary of ‘havoc’ if new houses built on overgrown former farm ‘that should stay as it is’

today28 June 2022

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People neighbouring a piece of overgrown former farmland have warned a plan for new homes would cause “havoc” in the area. Plans to build 13 new homes on the site of the former Colwick Manor Farm in Colwick have not been welcomed by neighbours, who say the land should be left as it is.

A main house and long barn had previously been cleared and salvaged for reuse, leaving the land to become overgrown. The Manor Farm house had collapsed before being completely demolished, with its developers stating it had been in a “perilous” condition.

There would be a new access off Colwick Manor Road/Shakespeare Close, while the existing Shakespeare Close access would remain. Those living nearby thought the proposal would cause “havoc”, if approved.

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Retiree Susan Jones, 70, who lives on Shakespeare Close, said her neighbours were united in opposition to the plans. “I would rather it stay as it is, it would impact on these houses [on Shakespeare Close], it will cause a lot of havoc in all different ways. There will be an access right next to our houses, with headlights coming into our house during the winter.

“The traffic will make it less safe for my grandchildren to be in this street. The construction would also be an issue too.

“Nobody down here wants it, there are birds in the grass too that would go. I don’t want any horrible construction stuff here.”



The 13 houses would be accessible through Shakepeare Close in Colwick

Wayne Peat, 55, who works as a driver, and whose daughter lives nearby, said: “I do not think that it would be a good idea to stick houses there. I think it would be be a bad thing for the people living close to it, who like it as it is.

“I think it should be cleared up so it doesn’t stick over fences, but then left as wildland. It won’t be good for the homes near the access to it.”

Previously a variety of plans have been submitted and approved for the site, all of which have not been carried out. An application to convert the land into three houses, two apartments and a heritage centre/café was withdrawn in 2014.

Dan Bee, 42, who works as a sales manager and lives on Colwick Manor Farm, said: “The concern will be that it is probably home to a lot of wildlife but at the same time is quite overgrown. I think people around here have got used to it.

“Notices have been going up for years with plans for what to do with it. They have never happened for whatever reason.

“I don’t think it needs anything on there. We all take turns to trim it back as we have a good neighbourhood around here.”

In a planning document, CAMplan on behalf of applicant Mr M Boultby, said: “The buildings will be fully accessible and designed specifically to provide life-long accommodation. The site is sustainable in that it is within the settlement, local amenities are nearby and it is served by frequent, convenient public transport – there is a stop in either direction right outside the site, on Mile End Road, linking the site to services, shops and the city.” The application is currently pending consideration by Gedling Borough Council.

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