400 houses approved to grow a ‘new community’ in Mansfield

Hundreds of homes have been approved to join a ‘new community’ in Nottinghamshire. Up to 400 houses can now be built on land opposite Abbott Road, Mansfield, after the Mansfield Borough Council planning committee gave its approval on March 13.

While phase one of the housing development is underway with 202 properties nearly complete, plans recently considered by councilors will increase the number of homes in the remaining phases by 170.

At the meeting, Michael Hepburn of planning consultant Lichfields, acting on behalf of applicant Commercial Estates Projects Limited & Hallam Land Management, said: “Our planning team has worked with (Mansfield District Council) officials to ensure we have reached to the same better scheme at Penniment Farm, contributing significantly to sustainable growth at Mansfield.

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“The proposed development will build on the existing housing and infrastructure already delivered at Penniment Farm to date, and continue to create a new community.” He application originally withdrew from a July 5, 2021 meeting at the request of the applicant, as they wanted to assess the feasibility of the project.

Council discussions began with the applicant over feasibility issues affecting development of the site in the summer of 2022, with the applicant explaining that phase one was affected by more than £7.5m in “abnormal costs” during the construction. An independent review then found that the scheme could remain financially viable while turning over six per cent of its new homes as affordable housing and paying contributions of £2,581,188.

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board said a health infrastructure would need to be developed to accommodate the increase in population. The authority said primary care practices were “currently reviewing their options to accommodate the increased number of patients”, which was predicted to be around 1,000 in a planning document.


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