No go for Valley Road plans

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Plans to build nine houses on a former garage site in Worksop have been refused.

The decision came after a heated debate between members of Bassetlaw Council’s Planning Committee last Wednesday evening at Retford Town Hall.

The application was seeking permission to build three four-bedroomed and six three-bedroomed properties, along with garages and access at land to the rear of 155 Valley Road.

The land, a former garage site which had been out of use for some time, was recently sold by Bassetlaw Council.

Speaking before the decision, Worksop North Coun David Potts told the committee that a number of local residents had raised concerns with him over the safety of any development on that piece of land.

“They feel nine houses is too many in the interests of safety,” he said.

Concerns were also raised that the access to the new homes would be by a driveway rather than a proper road.

But committee member Coun Keith Isard said Notts County Council’s Highways department had looked at the application and saw no problems with the design of the access.

“Whether it is a driveway or a roadway, it is somewhere that vehicles use,” he said.

But Coun Graham Oxby argued that just because the county council was happy with the plans, it didn’t mean they as a planning committee had to be.

He said: “The county council is happy with it - so what? We are entitled, from time to time, to disagree with that advice.”

As the vote was tied at five to five, chairman Coun Bill Barker had the casting vote and the application was refused.

The application was refused and officers will now draw up a formal list of reasons for the applicant.