Mr R.A. Harrison, Conservation Officer of Newark District Council, will explain the council’s proposals for developing land adjacent to the Burgage at a public meeting to be held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel in Southwell at 8pm on 26th November.
The meeting, open to all, has been arranged by the Southwell Civic Society as a result of a recent application for outline planning permission made by Newark District Council. The application was accompanied by a design brief produced by Mr Harrison which suggests that acceptable developments could range from about 25 small town houses to 4 or 5 large houses with private gardens.
The brief sets out in detail the favoured design parameters.The District Council’s plans for this extremely sensitive site follow overwhelming opposition to any form of development from the people of Southwell as proved by the results of a referendum held earlier this year by the Parish Council.
Results to the question “Do you wish the land on Burgage Hill to be developed?” were as follows: No (ie against development) 2,,522; Yes (ie in favour of development) 382; doubtful or spoilt papers 52.
The Civic Society and the Parish Council, supported by Newark MP Mr Richard Alexander, have all made strong representations to the District Council opposing any development.