A £1.2million investment in a town centre regeneration project has been agreed by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
The ‘A46 Corridor’ regeneration scheme around Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, is being delivered in four phases; with the aim of creating an estimated 2,800 jobs, 27 hectares of employment land and 1,600 homes.
Phase One, to create extra employment space on the site of the former Cotgrave Colliery, has already begun and should be completed in July (2017).
Phase Two of the works, to regenerate Cotgrave Town Centre and create around 70 jobs, is set to be completed by January 2019. This phase will cost £8million in total – funded by Rushcliffe Borough Council and a mix of funding sources – with £1.2million of that amount having just been agreed by the D2N2 Infrastructure and Investment Board.
D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire. It works with businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations to grow its economy, jobs and new businesses in its area.
Its funding includes a Local Growth Fund allocation from Government, invested in infrastructure projects – such as the A46 Corridor scheme – which will help economic and jobs growth.
Regeneration of Cotgrave town centre, under Phase Two of the project, will include improvements to shop units including upstairs business accommodation, improved public spaces; and the building of a new centre to house police, library, Rushcliffe Borough Council contact point, GP and health centre services, and potentially the Town Council (see images of the planned Cotgrave Centre at the top of this article and directly below). Contractors are scheduled to start onsite in May (2017), with a view to having all town centre regeneration works completed by January 2019.
The plan for the new town centre:
- January – February 2017: Construction of new access road for Rivermead
- February – April 2017: Demolition of Scotland Bank – likely commencement date Monday 13th February 2017
- May 2017 – May 2018: Current proposed date of construction of the new multiservice centre to house GPs, police, library, Rushcliffe Borough Council contact point and potentially Cotgrave Town Council
- September 2017 – May 2018: Current proposed date for improvements to shop units and the area to the rear of the shops. Flats above the shop units will be converted in to a new business centre.
- Summer/Autumn 2018: Demolition of existing library and police buildings, improvements to the car park, and landscaping of the area.