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Worksop: Concern over huge developments heading for Shireoaks and Gateford

Parish Councillor Ivor Jones and Shireoaks resident Pat Payling have huge concerns over the proposed housing development on land off Shireoaks Common

Parish Councillor Ivor Jones and Shireoaks resident Pat Payling have huge concerns over the proposed housing development on land off Shireoaks Common

Concerns have been raised over two huge housing developments earmarked for Worksop and Shireoaks.

Hallam Land Management Ltd has submitted an application to Bassetlaw Council for 175 homes and 15.4 hectares of employment land.

And a plan has also been submitted for up to 380 new homes and 19,000 sq m of commercial space on land south of Gateford Road.

Both sites are currently part of a consultation by the council on its local development framework, but the applications will be determined before this comes into force.

Residents in Shireoaks are concerned that the development on agricultural land, north of Shireoaks Common will increase the risk of flooding in the area.

The village flooded heavily in 2007, and residents believed this was linked with poor drainage on new housing developments. Resdidents fear further building and insufficient drainage will increase the risk further.

Parish councillor Ivor Jones felt that Shireoaks would become a part of Worksop if both developments went ahead. He said the parish council fought hard to keep a ‘buffer’ of land between the two areas, but felt this was being ignored.

“We’re meant to have a thing called localism in this country. Where has it gone? They are just riding rough shot over the people of this village,” he said.

Coun Jones added: “They said the chances of it flooding are one in 100 years. It could happen next year, or in a couple of years, we don’t know. It will hit Shireoaks and then go down to Worksop, like it did in 2007.”

Concerned resident Pat Payling said the plan for Shireoaks was ‘wicked.’ She said: “It puts the new houses at risk of flooding. There is flood anxiety if this development goes ahead for the simple reason that it takes away the drainage on that land.”

In its application Hallam Land Management Lt said the proposal will not increase the flood risk elsewhere.

It states that surface water will be drained using a range of methods including a sustainable drainage system and the existing watercourse.

Bassetlaw Council said it cannot comment on individual planning applications.

 

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