The following article was first published on 12th March 2008 in the Mansfield Chad Newspaper. It was written by Helen Lambourne, the Chad's Political Reporter. We are grateful to Helen for her permission to reproduce below the version of the article which appears on the Chad's website.

QUESTIONS have been raised as to why planners have allowed large amounts of building waste to be used in the construction of a new golf course in Mansfield.

Jack Barker's Golf Company was given planning permission in 2004 to build an 18-course golf course and nine-hole pitch and putt course at former colliery land off Jubilee Way North and Eakring Road.

But residents have raised concerns about the number of lorries transporting waste material to the site along Eakring Road to form the moundings of the course and why they were not consulted on the planning application.

They say they have had to put up with lorries at a rate of up to 40 an hour at various periods for four years, which have started thundering past again in the last few weeks.

But Mansfield District Council planners insist the company is not breaking any planning conditions and say the extra lorries are being used to take new waste material because the course's 16th hole was constructed in the wrong place.

One resident, who asked not to be named, told Chad there had been hundreds of noisy lorries going past most days for the last few weeks and claimed the amount of material had greatly exceeded the estimate of 204,000 cubic metres.

"It is ludicrous –– to say that after four years of tipping, the 16th fairway is in the wrong place beggars belief. It is beyond a joke," he said.

"Of the people on this road who have had to suffer this, not one person was notified about the lorries. Why was planning permission given for 100,000 lorries to go down a single track road?

"Someone in the planning department ought to be sacked. I am very surprised that they are allowed to tip this builder's rubble. This is the fourth year we have had it. It just seems to be never-ending."

And another resident said: "Nobody seems to give us any answers. It stopped for quite a few months and now it has started again.

They should never have been allowed to come down this road in the first place.”

Mansfield Golf Course: rear of driving range

Inert waste

And Chad can reveal there were initially concerns raised by Sport England and planners at Nottinghamshire County Council about the amount of inert waste being brought to the site before planning permission was granted.

A letter from a chief planner at the county council to the district council in 2001 said: “The quantities of material involved are considerable and may well amount to a large scale waste disposal operation.

“I am unclear where the need to import such material arises and why it can’t be developed around existing contours or by recontouring.”

But after discussions with the district council, it is understood the county council was satisfied the planning conditions would ensure there were adequate safeguards in place — although the conditions did not set a limit on either the number of lorries or amount of waste material.

Martyn Saxton, building and development control manager at the district council, said the on going works were to construct the tee and adjacent ground levels to hole 16 and the lorry activity should end within the next few weeks.

He said: “We have not found any breach of the planning conditions, other than out of hours working, however this was investigated and resolved last year.”

Mr Saxton confirmed notification of the planning application had been sent to residents on Bakewell Walk, Burnaston Road and Beeley Close, while there were also site notices put up and a press notice.

A spokesman for Jack Barker told Chad discussions had taken place about the concerns and the company did not want to comment further.

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