We have carefully considered a range of issues while developing the proposal for the site.
You can find further details below regarding:
Transport and Access
Ecology and Biodiversity
Flood Risk and Drainage
Example of an existing similar development
We are producing an Environmental Statement to accompany the planning application which will assess the potential impact of the proposed development on the local environment. This will assess a range of issues including the landscape and visual impact, ecology, archaeology, transport, noise, air quality and flood risk.
The Environmental Statement will be available to view on Ashfield District Council and Mansfield District Council's planning portals once the planning application has been submitted. It will also be possible to comment on the application as part of the councils' statutory consultations.
Transport and access
The proposed site is in a highly sustainable and accessible location with good pedestrian, cycle, and road links to local facilities, together with regular bus services to Mansfield and Nottingham.
There would be two vehicle access points to the site via Cauldwell Road.
An independent Transport Assessment has been undertaken which has considered the potential transport and highways impact of the proposal. This has found that there will be no adverse impact from traffic generated by the development on the local road network. The Transport Assessment will be submitted with the planning application.
Sustainability will be a key focus for the development. We want to support the transition to a zero-carbon society and our energy strategy will look to minimise energy demand, utilise energy more efficiently and supply at least 10% of energy from low carbon and renewable energy sources.
The development will have an all-electric approach with homes heated by air source heat pumps. Each property will also have the capacity for electrical vehicle charging.
Ecology and biodiversity
An Ecological Review of the site has been undertaken. This included a preliminary ecological assessment as well as targeted species surveys for reptiles, amphibians (including Great Crested Newts). The surveys also considered both night jar and woodlark bird species which are a feature associated with the Sherwood Forest Area.
The site was identified as having a low ecological value with no reptiles, Great Crested Newts found and neither nightjar or woodlark identified.
The proposal for the site includes retained and enhanced hedgerows, woodland tree planting, and landscaping, which together with the public open space will help to create biodiverse rich areas as well as being visually attractive for residents.
Flood risk and drainage
A Flood Risk Assessment has been completed and will be submitted with the planning application.
There is a very low risk of flooding from watercourses on the site.
Our proposal has also been developed to incorporate sustainable drainage systems which will greatly reduce surface-run off from the site and significantly reduce the risk of surface water flooding downstream.
An archaeological evaluation has been carried out, including a geophysical survey. The survey has confirmed a very low archaeological potential and there is no evidence that the site contains, or has the potential to contain archaeological remains of sufficient importance to preclude or constrain development.