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Objections have been raised over plans for 90 homes in Bingham because of fears the town’s services will not be able to cope with another rise in its population.

The Crown Estate has submitted plans to Rushcliffe Borough Council to build a mix of houses and flats on 6.8 acres off Tythby Road.

The triangular shaped site is opposite the Mill Hill housing development.

At an extraordinary meeting of Bingham Town Council on Tuesday, Mr George Davidson said Bingham was already at breaking point and its schools, health centre and roads were struggling to cope with a population that now stands at around 11,000.

He said: “I have to say that with the situation in Bingham at the moment I am not in favour of this development.

“We are talking about an extra 90 houses, more than 100 cars and more than 200 people.

“It’s a significant number of patients for our health centre,a significant number of pupils for our schools and will lead to a significant further overload of facilities at a time when we are already at full stretch.”

Mr Davidson was worried the town’s road system could not cope with the extra traffic that the development would bring, and the extra cars using the already busy A52/ Tythby Road junction was unacceptable.

He said: “It’s not a large development in the scheme of things but I would suggest that this development would lead to an unacceptable further increase to Bingham’s facilities without the appropriate change to the infrastructure.”

Mr Davidson believed the amount of open space on the site was also inadequate.

Another town councillor, Mr John Eagles, said: “This is the second application for this particular site. There were very strong objections and the Crown, for subsequent reasons, withdrew. They have met some of our objections on here but that does not change my mind.

“They have tried to take the houses away from the A52 but there is no mention of Tythby Road bridge where we had previous concerns. I feel that this is just one step too many and the answer should be no.”

Mr Andrew Shelton said he was not happy about the plans to create a footpath leading to the nearby nature conservation area, Linear Park.

Mrs Maureen Stockwood said the town council had not been consulted about the proposed footpath and it may affect maintenance work.

Bingham’s pressure group, Community Concern, also plan to object to the planning application.

A spokesman for the group, Mr Dennis Briggs, said: “We are pleased that the town council are showing great sense.

“We have already said we don’t believe there should be any more developments until we have a structured plan.”

Ten out of the 12 councillors at the meeting voted against the plans.

Mr Francis Purdue-Horan, who chaired the meeting, and Mrs Stockwood, a member of borough council’s development control committee, had to abstain from the vote.

The final decision will be made by the borough council later this year.

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