A planning application has been submitted for 250 houses off Asher Lane from Space Foods Limited. It is an outline application, which means details of the layout and individual houses are not included. These would be dealt with by a further application if the outline permission is granted.
Any comments are due in by 14th January (this was originally 7th January but has been extended at the request of the Borough Councillors).
You can find details on the Rushcliffe Borough Council website: www.rushcliffe.gov.uk The application is number 14/02540/OUT.
Paper copies are available in the Contact Centre, Rectory Road, West Bridgford, and the Ruddington Parish Council Offices, St. Peter’s Rooms, Church Street, Ruddington, NG11 6HA. The offices are open weekdays, 9.30 – 12.30 (although they are closed from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day – inclusive).
If you are not happy with the planning application please find time to object directly to Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Some indications of possible valid objections are set out below.
The Parish Council will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday, 6th January 2015, 7.30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Rooms. This will be to give members of the public a chance to view the plans and express an opinion. The agents / applicants are not expected to attend. The plans will be on show from 6.30.
The Parish Council will formally discuss and agree a view to be submitted to the Borough Council on 13th January.
On behalf of: Ruddington Parish Council + the 3 Borough Councillors
- The land the application covers is in the Green Belt.New build development in the Green Belt is, under paragraph 87 of the National Planning Policy Framework, by definition harmful to the Green Belt unless it either falls within one of the exceptions or in very special circumstances. It does not fall within one of the exceptions and the application does not demonstrate such very special circumstances.The emerging core strategy identifies that Ruddington will have to accommodate 250 houses. No specific sites are identified in the strategy.
There are other sites available in Ruddington (some brownfield) which could accommodate at least part of the requirement.
- Traffic Problems.The proposed new houses would increase traffic in general and in particular along an already busy and tight stretch of Asher Lane from the top of Musters Road to Distillery Street. Also there is no acknowledgement of the existence of, let alone the traffic problems along, The Green – which connects Asher Lane to the High Street.The automatic traffic counts were not undertaken along the busy stretch of Asher Lane but along the quiet stretch of private road at the entrances to the proposed development.
The reports identified 4 parking ‘zones’ on Asher Lane. The information provided late for 2 of these indicates a significant level of parking. This, clearly impeded traffic flow and the measures suggested to mitigate this are insufficient.
It is, therefore, difficult to conclude that the proposed alterations to parking and traffic flows in the busy stretch of Asher Lane are underpinned by appropriate knowledge or evidence.
The conclusion (para 11.8 of the Transport Assessment) that “there are no outstanding transport related issue that need to be addressed” is totally unsubstantiated.