Southwell Town Council make u-turn over support for depot site housing scheme off Fiskerton Road
Plans to build houses on a former highways depot have been opposed by town councillors after a review of their initial decision.
Fears of contaminated land and flooding were among the reasons Southwell Town Council objected to the 13-home development off Fiskerton Road.
The council had initially agreed to the plans in June, based on drainage and site investigation reports.
However, one month on, the council was yet to be convinced by the progress made by the applicants.
The chairman of the council’s planning committee, David Martin, said: “It is a shame they can’t be done properly because they are good houses and there is a lot going for it but they haven’t told us how they are handling water.
“It is a flood risk area and it can contribute to another flood risk area.
“They have put some ideas forward but they haven’t actually said what they are going to do. It could be a big pipe absorbing all of the water.”
Committee member Peter Scorer said the applicants had put forward the same drainage calculations as those used for the Springfield development in Southwell, which did not match the land size at the former depot site.
Michael Jeffrey also found an issue with the application, stating no comments were made about the contamination problems.
“I don’t know how they can possibly say that (there isn’t a contamination problem) because it was a highways depot and they serviced vehicles there.
“I know that the garage on Westgate paid half a million pounds to decontaminate the land they were on.”
Jonathan Henson, the enviromental health officer at the district council, said an intrusive site investigation would be required to effectively assess ground contamination risks and to eliminate any significant pollutant linkage.
Councillors echoed the comments made by the officer and said the applicants must carry out further assessments of the ground conditions and produce a remedial method statement.