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Application by Newark and Sherwood District Council's development company Arkwood branded an embarrassment for its retrospective plans




An application by a council’s own development company was branded an embarrassment for being submitted retrospectively.

Newark and Sherwood District Council planning committee said Arkwood should have practised what the council preaches when submitting plans.

Instead of applying in advance to put up four hoardings, six flag poles and 15 airmesh banners to advertise its development on Lord Hawke Way, Newark, the company did the work and then applied retrospectively.

Arkwood advertising banners and hoardings (45834666)
Arkwood advertising banners and hoardings (45834666)

Committee member Robert Crowe said: “When I first came on to planning many years ago, I registered my objections to retrospective planning.

“Although I am in favour of Arkwood, I wish one of our own did not do this to us.”

Chairman Roger Blaney said: “I have already raised this matter with the leader of the council. I share your criticism.

“It makes it that much more difficult when we need to criticise others for putting in a retrospective application.”

Laurence Goff added: “It is an embarrassment they haven’t got it right.”

Maureen Dobson said: “I want to concur. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.

“If we can’t get it right, then no one will and the public will criticise us. It won’t create a problem so, I will support it.”

The plans were carried on a majority vote.



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