Newark and Sherwood District Council defer plans for 41-acre distribution site off A17 at Coddington
Plans for a 41-acre distribution site off the A17 have been deferred by Newark and Sherwood District Council.
The council's planning committee met last night (Tuesday) to discuss the application, which had been recommended for approval.
However, opposition from Coddington and Winthorpe parish councils and questions over potential tenants of the site forced the committee to push back the decision.
The proposal by Tritax Acquisition 39 Limited for land next to the Knowhow Distribution Centre on Long Hollow Way, between Coddington and Winthorpe, would be for distribution uses.
Plans are for a commercial storage and distribution warehouse unit (B8 use class) with ancillary offices, vehicle access off a new three-arm roundabout junction on the A17, and an extension to the public footpath/cycleway network from the Long Hollow roundabout to the proposed site.
A potential pedestrian route connection from the existing public right of way to the north of the site and the existing Knowhow building to the west is also proposed.
The whole application site is within Flood Zone 1, which is at highest risk of flooding.
Prior to the committee meeting; several objections were raised from nearby residents who stated the plans would cause an increase in traffic on the A1, insufficient public transport and the loss of agricultural land.
David Armstrong, Coddington Parish Council chairman, said: "If you approve this planning application, you will open the flood gates and make the whole district vulnerable to indiscriminate, large scale, industrial developments."
The application was for the first phase of the site, with possible future expansions to the south and east, which would require additional planning permission.
However, Mr Armstrong said Coddington residents had not been properly consulted about future plans before the application was submitted.
"The developers public consultation prior to submitting this planning application was not full and open and should be discounted," he said.
"The consultation was based solely on the warehouses, concealing their masterplan for the whole development, which would consume fields and bring the development right up to Yew Tree Wood."
Member Maureen Dobson said: "We've turned it down so many times.
"There were applications on the showground a few years back and we turned that down because it was in open countryside, but we can approve this?
"There is no guarantee that Currys want extra space. There is no guarantee that anybody else wants extra space.
"We're all very supportive of jobs, but they've got to go in the right place."
The proposals are said to create more than 500 new jobs within the community and generate £1.1m in business rates per annum.
Fellow member Robert Crowe said: "We're told by social media that our district is ruining Newark and its economy. Well chairman, I will accept 500 jobs and an estimated £1.1m in business rates.
"It can only be good for the district as a whole."
The application was deferred and will be presented again at a later date.