Concern over access and 'dirty works vehicles' as new Arnold homes plan gets green light

By Jamie Barlow & Lana Adkin

A project to demolish two bungalows in Arnold and build 11 new homes has been given the green light - but there are concerns over parking, construction work and access.

Detailed planning permission has been approved to knock down the bungalows - located opposite each other in Mapperley Plains in Arnold - and build the new homes.

Gedling Borough Council passed plans last week relating to the appearance of the development and its landscaping.

Neighbours who were consulted as part of the planning process said that a footpath linking Ramsey Drive with Mapperley Plains should be protected as a public right of way.

They said it should be kept open and not obstructed during the development.

A view of the other bungalow in question off Mapperley Plains, in Arnold, and the surrounding area. (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Locals spoke to Nottinghamshire Live after the planning permission was passed and raised their concerns.

Chef manager Karl Wagner, 62, of the nearby Goddard Court, said: "[It's] the two years or however long it’s going to take to build them.

"You’ve got work vehicles, dirty work vehicles making a mess and builders everywhere - that's one of my main issues.”

He said he was concerned if Goddard Court was used to access the development site, saying: “We have enough issues with cars and parking without it overflowing."

But he wasn't surprised by the number of new houses proposed, saying: “It’s probably doable."

One of the bungalows set to be knocked down is known as Fairacre, located to the southwest of the site. The other bungalow is to the southeast.

Outline planning permission was approved in June 2018 for the development, meaning it could go ahead 'in principle'. The latest application relates to those plans.

Other local people spoke of their worries.

Teacher Keran Gibson-Perks, who lives in Goddard Court, said: "How will they actually get building materials into the site?

"There’s a little alleyway that can only fit a normal size car, it can’t take lorries - you can’t get lorries around this corner.”

Objector Chris Norton, a 44-year-old property consultant of Goddard Court, added: “The problem is access - the fundamental concern I have is access for emergency vehicles."

The reserved matters planning application, submitted by Linda Sisson, was given the go-ahead last week.

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