51 new homes could be built in Ravenshead

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A development 51 homes, including 16 bungalows for people over the age of 55, could be built on fields in Ravenshead.

A planning application has been submitted to Gedling Borough Council to build the homes in Cornwater Fields, Longdale Lane.

If it's given the go-ahead, the development would include 16 bungalows for people over the age of 55.

The rest of the properties would include a mix of three and four-bed two storey homes.

A decision on whether it can be built is likely to be made by Gedling Borough Council's planning committee in the New Year.

The site in Kimberley where the homes could be built.

The proposed development site comprises 2.3 hectares of grassland, with access to the Ravenshead Leisure Centre is to the north-west of the site.

The site has been listed as building land to accommodate 71 homes, subject to planning permission being agreed.

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However, the application for 51 homes, is for two thirds of the land. Plans have yet to be submitted to built on the rest of the land.

Chris Barnfather, chair of Ravenshead Parish Council, said it is important to build bungalows for elderly people in the area who have lived in big homes for many years.

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He said: "That's a reasonable proportion [of bungalows] and the developers have listened to the wishes of the community. It's a 51 unit development and 16 are for over 55-type bungalows. I am not unhappy with that.

"At the end of the day the developer is in it to make profit and it should be a mixed site."

The site in Kimberley.

He added: "Ravenshead was developed largely in the 1970s. It was mostly green fields until the 1960s. Young professionals came and built properties. People needed to build amounts of land which is why it is mixed.

"We have old, single people rattling in big properties who are all cash-poor with not huge amounts in the bank. They do not want to move out of Ravenshead.

"Why Ravenshead is struggling is because it's a place where people can't downsize to free up houses for families to come in with their children.

"One of them [residents] may have passed away and their kids have long since moved and live elsewhere. So the remaining person is rattling around in a two or three-bed property and does not want to live elsewhere and would rather downsize [in the area]."

Hannah White, the licencee of The Larch Farm pub, in Mansfield Road, Ravenshead, said: "It is an affluent area. People do see it as a desirable post code.

"This will bring more people to the village and more people to the pub."

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House building firm Miller Homes is acting on behalf of the applicants and will build the homes if the plans are given the green light.

A firm spokesman said: "We can confirm we are one of the applicants for the proposed development of this site."