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Newark and Sherwood District Council confirm planning permission is not required as private landowner carries out investigation at former Flowserve Sports and Social Club

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Workers have carried out an investigation on the soil at a former sports site in Balderton.

A digger was seen working on the former first team pitch at Flowserve Sports and Social Club on Monday afternoon.

Workers on the former Newark Flowserve first team pitch (53108452)
Workers on the former Newark Flowserve first team pitch (53108452)

A spokesperson at Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “The current activity is being undertaken by a private landowner as part of site investigations.

"The council understands that this activity is to test the soil and its composition.

"Planning permission is not required for this activity.

"The council understands these tests will be concluded shortly.

“Any work to build or carryout development on this site is likely to require planning permission.

"Any future planning application would be subject to standard public consultation procedures and would be determined in line with the council’s scheme of delegation.

"So far no plans have been submitted to the Council for consideration.”

Sports activities took place at Flowserve for 100 years, yet the gates of the site have remained locked since April of this year with no indication given by the new landowner as to its future intent.

Unable to pay a huge increase in rent, Newark’s premier football team has had to relocate to a new home ground 20 miles away in Basford.

There were concerns Flowserve Sports and Social Club land, which includes bowls greens, could lay unused for a decade before a planning application is submitted for its development.

The site has fallen victim to criminal damage and arson since being vacated.

A contractor said works were site investigations.

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