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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Gamston Fields: Consultation launched to bring 4,000 homes, schools, jobs and services on land at Tollerton airport

The Gamston Fields site lies alongside the A52 to the east of Gamston and north of Tollerton, with Grantham Canal forming the northern boundary of the site.

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Barwood Land and Taylor Wimpey have released the first draft of plans for 4,000 new homes and a significant extension of the urban area at Tollerton.

Barwood Land and Taylor Wimpey are launching a public consultation this week to bring forward land allocated for development by Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) – Gamston Fields.

The Gamston Fields site lies alongside the A52 to the east of Gamston and north of Tollerton, with Grantham Canal forming the northern boundary of the site.

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It is dissected by Tollerton Lane.

Rushcliffe Borough Council has earmarked the site to deliver a sustainable urban extension to provide new employment land and jobs, a local service centre, infrastructure improvements and a range of new homes.

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Barwood Land and Taylor Wimpey control a significant proportion of the site and are preparing an Outline Planning Application for the area in their control.

This planning application will seek to confirm the basic principles to bring the development forward, including a new access roundabout on the A52. The application will cover approximately half of the allocated area but can come forward as a standalone scheme.

The Outline Planning Application will also be supported by an overarching Masterplan that will guide the long term development of the whole site allocated by RBC.

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Local feedback will play an important role in helping to evolve the overall Masterplan and inform the Outline Planning Application, which will be submitted to RBC by the end of 2020.

In light of Covid-19 restrictions, it is not possible to hold physical consultation events, so Barwood Land and Taylor Wimpey are therefore this week issuing an information brochure to c.900 properties located closest to the site.

The brochure provides a summary of the emerging vision and also includes a freepost response form, so that local community feedback can be provided easily, free of charge.

A dedicated consultation platform has also been launched at:

consultwithyou.co.uk/gamstonfields/consultation

The platform can be used to access information and frequently asked questions. There is also has an online survey for interested parties to leave their feedback.

We would welcome feedback to be provided by Friday 20th November 2020. The feedback will be reviewed to help us evolve the Masterplan and Outline Planning Application, as well as future detailed planning applications that will address specific parts of the site.

Commenting on the consultation, Tollerton Parish Council said:

“By launching this process Barwood Land and Taylor Wimpey have started to bring some certainty for local residents as to the future for this site and we welcome that.

“Meaningful community engagement is a key part of any masterplanning process and we will be meeting with the developers over the coming days to understand the initial proposals in more detail.

“We are pleased to see their commitment to ensure that Gamston Fields provides new facilities and amenities for existing communities as well as new residents all of whom we have a democratic responsibility to represent in the masterplanning of the site.

Through Neighhourhood Planning in Tollerton we know that residents wish this to include:

⦿ A significant “enhanced” green buffer or “wild belt” for wildlife and recreation that defines the boundary between the urban area and the rural village, linked to;

⦿ Appropriate measures to prevent surface water run off and prevent future flooding of residents of Tollerton Lane.

⦿ Downgrading and significant traffic measures the length of Tollerton Lane and Cotgrave Lane to prioritise the safety of pedestrians and cyclists accessing the countryside and schools.

⦿ A Heritage Strategy that maintains the historic connections between Tollerton, the listed pillboxes on the airfield and the Grantham canal. This includes walking and cycling links along the Polser Brook from the village to the pillboxes, canal and the wider travel that offers.

‘We will be assessing the proposals against these tests and other areas of community interest following our initial discussions with the developers next week.’

It was widely expected that development of the site would commence in 2018/19 but with an outline planning application expected by Christmas, building would not now commence until 2021 – and is subject to being given the green light by Rushcliffe Planners.

Phase 1 of the proposals would include using around 50% of the site for 2,250 houses, a new primary school and sports piches adjacent to the Grantham Canal and Tollerton Village.

Indicative plans for the wider site are included in the master plan and include highway changes to the A52 and Tollerton Lane, employment sites, a further primary school, secondary school and a local centre.