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120-home development near Colwick Loop Road gets the go-ahead

Councillors have granted planning permission for a 120-home development close to the Colwick Loop Road in Gedling.

Gedling Borough Council discussed the planning application on Wednesday, October 13, and decided it should go ahead.

The development would be based to the south of Burton Road, across from the playing fields of Carlton le Willows Academy, while its eastern boundary would border the busy link road.

The scheme is being submitted in its reserved matters stage after councillors previously approved outline permission for the development in January 2021.

The proposals debated by councillors involved the development’s layout, scale, landscaping and appearance.

 

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The majority of existing trees and hedgerows are expected to be retained, with more trees and hedges planted.

The overall development proposes a range of two, three and four-bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached houses, including two wheelchair-accessible bungalows.

Up to 24 will be affordable homes.

Ten letters of objection were sent to Gedling Borough Council in response to the plans, all from neighbours on existing streets such as Linden Grove.

Concerns have been raised about the loss of greenbelt land, the impact of this development and the ongoing Gedling Access Road works, its impact on ecology, traffic and potential flooding.

Residents also view services including doctors and schools are “at capacity and not able to accommodate the increase in population”.

Miller Homes, the developer behind the scheme, previously said it would bring much-needed new residential properties to the area to help meet local demand, with work set to start by late autumn.

At the council’s planning committee, Cllr David Ellis (Lab) said: “They are good quality proposals and a healthy development.”

Cllr Paul Wilkinson (Lab) added: “It is an excellent scheme. All the objections raised were matters covered in the outline stage and not material to what is in front of us this evening and I am happy to support.”

But concerns were aired by Cllr Sam Smith (Con) about the traffic problems likely to be caused by 120 new homes in the area.

He said: “Burton Road is mainly at a standstill at peak times. It took me 20 minutes the other day to get to the traffic lights on Nottingham Road on the A612 through the traffic lights on Burton Road where the entrance of this development is to be.

“That is with the current levels of housing – adding to that will make the traffic flow even worse. We should refuse the application.”

The application was passed and given planning approval by councillors.

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