Following concerns that have been raised by a number of his constituents, Mark Spencer, Member of Parliament for Sherwood has issued the following statement.
“Over the last week, I have received a number of emails about the planning application for the land off of Papplewick Green.
“I completely understand the concerns that have been raised with me. It would be a huge shame to lose this land as a public resource for the whole community.
“Something that has been raised with me is concerns about the legitimacy and legality of the application.
“I am therefore calling on the Ashfield Independent Councillors and the applicant to release any correspondence, private or public, which relates to the application.
“I am also calling on Ashfield District Council to release any commercial agreements, or correspondence that relates to both the application or the applicant - so that the public and councillors are in possession of the full facts.
“We must know what is going on, and how these deals have been reached.
“It is completely understandable why residents feel like this public space is being stolen from them from right under their noses.
“If a deal has been done, it would be deeply unethical and illegitimate, and I would hope that this would be given a full and proper hearing.
“I have submitted a Freedom of Information Request to Ashfield District Council to shed some light on this matter.