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Council’s £26.5m bid to build new road linking HS2 hub with homes

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A major new road could be built in Nottinghamshire to link the HS2 hub in Toton with new homes at Chetwynd Barracks, while also relieving congestion around Bardills Island on the A52.

Nottinghamshire County Council is set to submit a bid for £26.5 million of funding from the Government.

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The money would come from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, a pot of Government cash set aside to help build half a million homes across the country.

If successful in its bid, the council would to use the money to link the two sites as well as open up development opportunities along the route, helping to build 3,700 homes in the area in the process.

Homes are set to be built in a ‘garden village’ around the HS2 Hub on the edge of Toton, next to the railway sidings, while 1,500 homes could be built on the Chetwynd Barracks site when the Ministry of Defence leaves in the next few years.

Conservative councillor Eric Kerry, who represents Toton, Chilwell and Attenborough, said he is right behind the bid.

“I am fully in favour of this Housing Infrastructure Fund bid which will support development around the planned East Midlands Hub HS2 station,” he said.

“It is absolutely essential to provide the necessary infrastructure improvements up front and make sure that we design the best environment for housing and economic development in Toton and Chilwell.

“We need to ensure not only that we are unlocking growth in the area, but also that this is done in a way that is not detrimental to the lives of our present residents and businesses.

“This is the right thing to do.”

Papers from a report set to be discussed at a policy committee meeting on March 20, in which the road has been titled the Toton Lane Link Road, said it will be designed to provide extra capacity to help ease congestion at Bardills Island, while also providing a link to the north of Chetwynd Barracks and the creation of improved links between Chilwell and Toton.

They also state the creation of the road “will be crucial to the delivery of housing at Toton and Chetwynd”.

It is a view shared by Sajeeda Rose, Chief Executive Officer of D2N2, the joint local enterprise partnership between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

“The Housing Infrastructure Fund bid for an East Midlands Network of Garden Villages will be a key component of delivering the overall East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy,” she said.

“If successful, it will provide for significant infrastructure investment to unlock new housing and high quality employment sites at strategic locations across the D2N2 area including Chetwynd Barracks at Chilwell, Toton, Infinity Garden Village in Derby and Chesterfield Town Centre.

“Making the most of HS2 through a well balanced approach to housing and employment will be key to unlocking its transformative potential.”

The bid for the funding is part of a £76 million combined bid with other councils from the East Midlands, and will focus on improving infrastructure in the area around the East Midlands HS2 Hub Growth Zone at Toton and the adjacent Chetwynd Barracks.

Nottinghamshire County Council will lead the bid, in partnership Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council, as well as Chesterfield Borough Council, Broxtowe Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council.

If successful, the remaining £50 million would be split between the future Infinity Garden Village and Chesterfield Town Centre, both in Derbyshire, helping to deliver nearly 9,000 new homes across the two sites.

A report, which recommends submitting the bid, will go before the council’s Policy Committee next Wednesday (March 20), just two days before the final bid deadline.

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