The village risks becoming a “banal subdivision if new houses are approved”


Residents and councilors in a town in Rushcliffe have expressed concerns over the construction of new homes next to a farm and a sewage system.

An application for 77 houses to be built on land at Hillside Farm in Bunny Lane, Keyworth, has been recommended for planning approval.

The site is across from Greenhays Farm, raising concerns about the impact on the quality of life for those who may settle in the area and the impact on farm operations.

Previously, residents had raised concerns about the proximity of any new homes on the land to nearby sewers.

Residents said they were very concerned that the area did not have enough facilities for new residents and the overwhelming smell of sewage and farm.

William Gee, 79, retired from the surrounding area, says his main concern is whether nearby sewers can absorb additional sewage from new residents.

“The only thing that worries me is the extra sewage,” he said.

“That the sanitation center can handle it all – because they’re building all around Keyworth.”

“A few weeks ago there was a sewer burst at the top of the road, they got off the road and went down Bunny Lane.

“That’s the only thing that concerns me, it needs to be improved.

Christopher Allwood, who is 70 years old and retired, says the smell of the farm and sewage will cause problems for potential residents.

Mr Allwood said: “The site borders the remediation work and borders the farm with hundreds of animals.

“It’s an overwhelming smell coming from both the farm and the sewers.

“Cattle noise too – it’s gonna be hell on earth if you live there.

“The health center, you cannot pass, it is already overwhelmed.

“The schools are full – the kids from the new houses will have to go to Cotgrave or somewhere like that.

“Locking the gate on the roads is a problem – in the morning from 8 am there is a queue on Bradmore, you cannot go out on the main roads.

“This road is dangerous at the best of times – people completely ignore the 30 mph on the road.

“It’s so dangerous on this road – so there are safety issues.”

A local resident who only wanted to name Ivy, 62, a retired teacher, expressed concern that the area has enough facilities for new residents.

She added: “My main concerns are facilities like the gymnasium, doctor’s office, stores and schools.

“The doctor’s office in particular. How will they integrate the new residents?

“Are they going to build another doctor’s office or another dentist?”

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“If they have to provide facilities to accommodate people moving to the area, I have no problem.

“It turns a small village community into an ordinary housing estate. “

Regarding the revised plans, Rushcliffe Borough Councilor Andy Edyvean, who represents Keyworth and Wolds, said: “Even with the small revisions that have been made, it is impossible to build a development of this size next to it. ‘a working farm.

“There will be a significant impact on the farm’s ability to operate without adversely affecting the quality of life of potential residents who may be unlucky enough to move into the proposed development if permission is granted.

“This in turn could interfere with the normal functioning of the farm as a going concern. “

The request will be decided at a meeting of the Rushcliffe Borough Council Planning Committee on Thursday, November 11.

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