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Plans for controversial 87-home development on land off Lord Hawke Way, Newark, pushed through on casting vote at Newark and Sherwood District Council's planning committee




Plans for 87 homes in Newark were approved on a casting vote.

The application for land off Lord Hawke Way, Newark, was previously refused on parking and highways grounds, but was given the go-ahead after five more parking spaces were added.

It was recommended for approval by officers at Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Land off Bowbridge Road, Newark, plans of development. 201019DD1-5
Land off Bowbridge Road, Newark, plans of development. 201019DD1-5

With six votes for, six against, and an abstention, planning committee chairman Roger Blaney used his casting vote to approve it.

Council director for growth Matt Lamb said: “Officers have looked at the development plan. We have a revised scheme ­— the officer submission is that it is acceptable in all respects and permission should be granted.”

Esther Cropper, of Newark Town Council spoke as a consultee and reiterated parking and highway concerns, adding some of the terraces did not meet government guidance on size.

Land off Bowbridge Road, Newark, plans of development. 301019DD1-1
Land off Bowbridge Road, Newark, plans of development. 301019DD1-1

Ward member David Lloyd said: “There have been a number of issues that have been responded to.

“The parking has been amended, it’s been dealt with, and so has the drainage and traffic movement. I would put forward as a ward member that this is one of the better developments.”

Michael Brown said: “It is sad that this has come back to us and I would like to propose refusal. There is poor traffic planning, over-development of the site itself, restrictions in road access, impact on nature conservation and people will be overlooked by Gladstone House and neighbours.

“It will further lead to an increase in traffic, congestion and air pollution.”

Johno Lee said: “We are elected for our local knowledge and, I would say, it’s better than the county council’s. I want to say they have got it very wrong. I’m more than comfortable for it to go to appeal.”

Penny Rainbow said: “I welcome the additional five spaces and I support it.”

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