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Inquiry into 160 house row over

Campaigners at Winsick celebrate the planning decision not to build houses on green land off Mansfield Road

Campaigners at Winsick celebrate the planning decision not to build houses on green land off Mansfield Road

Councillors were accused of being “in the thraldom” of protestors at an inquiry into plans for 160 homes.

During the five day hearing, Hallam Land Management, appealed a decision by North East Derbyshire District Council to reject plans for the development, on land between the A617 and Mansfield Road in Winsick.

Speaking for the appellant, Andrew Williamson, said: “It is one thing to be engaged by some enthralling local characters. It is quite another to be in the thraldom of a small group of vociferous objectors so you don’t allow your own independent judgement to prevail.”

Andrew Hogan, for the council, told the hearing on Tuesday road safety and congestion, ecological issues and community activities on the site were the reasons for refusal.

He added: “To give permission will permit the expansion of Chesterfield so that is swallows Winsick.”

But Mr Williamson questioned whether Winsick can be considered as a distinct community, because “in terms of settlement pattern there is no clearly identifiable gap”.

The proposals, which include 32 afforable housing units, were initially thrown out in May 2013. Dozens of members of Winsick Action Group – set up to fight the proposals – attended the meeting.

Planning inspector, Phil James closed the hearing to reach a decision.

 

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