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Slammed Scheme gets Go-ahead

February 11, 2019 3:20 PM
By Peter Scorer

Hopewell Rise Southwell StartsWhat influence do Southwell's Conservative District Councillors have?
That question was put to the test at the January Planning meeting of the District Council. The Councillors were discussing an application to build 67 houses on land at the corner of Allenby Road and Halam Road. Detailed proposals had already been subject to considerable criticism by the Town Council and other Southwell Groups.

Flood Mitigation concerns

Objections were made to the layout of the houses, location of the play area, parking layouts, future maintenance of hedges and, in particular, the mitigation of flood risk. Many District Councillors agreed with the objections at their December meeting, instructing the planning officers to negotiate changes with the developer.

District Council Cave-in

It would appear that the developer refused to make any changes. Instead, some photo-montages of various views were submitted showing what the site would look like when approached from Halam. In spite of claims by Southwell District Councillors to have real influence with the Conservative Group, the Planning Committee then went ahead and approved the application. As a further concern, the conditions attached to the approval make no mention of the flood risk or how it is to be mitigated.
Not one of Southwell Conservative District Councillors on the Committee voted against the scheme even though they had heavily criticised it.