Smokey’s field on planning agenda

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THE fate of Smokey’s field in Langold could be sealed this week as councillors meet to discuss a housing development.

The recreation ground, used by Langold Old Boys FC, is under threat as developers plan to bulldoze the pitch for 92 homes.

Bassetlaw Council planning committee were due to meet on Wednesday evening to consider proposals by developers Gleeson.

The plans have received growing opposition from local residents, many angry at the loss of the playing field on Doncaster Road.

Sport England has also objected to the proposals.

Gleeson has offered money for the creation of a new junior football field and for the reorganisation of existing senior football pitches at Costhorpe to allow of the addition of a further pitch.

Hodsock Parish Council has backed the plans saying an influx of new families would be good news for the village and would boost the economy.

Notts County Council is currently considering an application for a village green on the grassed area which contains the football pitch. If this is granted then it could have a significant effect on the Gleeson proposal.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, head of community prosperity Dave Armiger said: “In the first instance it will be for the developer to decide if the development can go ahead without part of the site.”

“In addition we would clearly need to consider the implications in terms of potential changes required to the layout that would arise if the site area were changed. This would almost certainly require a new application to be submitted.”

An application for the redevelopment of Harworth Colliery was also on the meeting’s agenda.

The plans for up to 996 homes was given permission at a meeting in December. Since then council officers have been in discussions with various parties, including the applicants, to finalise and agree a legal agreement and planning conditions.