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New primary school to open in 2022 on Colwick Loop Road development

A major development near the Colwick Loop Road is gaining momentum with plans to have a brand-new primary school opened by August 2022.

Persimmon Homes has outline planning permission for up to 830 homes, employment use, a community hub, primary school, hotel, and care home in Teal Close in Netherfield.

It has been dubbed in the past as s ‘mini city’.

It also has outline planning permission for playing pitches, changing rooms, a public open space and allotments as part of the plans.

Various approvals have been granted as the application has gained momentum.

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The school, called the Rivendell Flying High Academy, will cater for 210 primary school pupils and will meet the increased demand for school places in the area.

Gedling Borough Council is set to discuss parts of the proposals at a planning meeting on Wednesday, February 23.

In a report prepared for the meeting, the local authority states: “To date approximately 220 dwellings, and a care home have been completed and work has commenced on a significant number of other dwellings.

“The school, changing rooms and commercial units are substantially complete as are a number of the commercial units.”

In the report, Nottinghamshire County Council, which is the education authority, has requested that the school is delivered at the start of the Autumn term 2022.

It says it requires the transfer of the school site to be completed by May 31 to ensure that the school is open to pupils no later than August 31, which is the start date of the Autumn term.

Councillors sitting on the planning committee on February 22 will be discussing Section 106 contributions – cash handed to local authorities by developers to be spent on community uses.

It will be discussing some variations of wording, mainly around the payment of contributions towards the delivery of bus services to serve the site.

A total sum of £450,000 to Nottinghamshire County Council must be spent on the extension of the bus services 5 and 73.

It must be spent within five years from the date of receipt. If not then the person who made the payment can request that it is returned.

The first £180,000 instalment was received by the county council in July 2019 with a current five-year expenditure deadline until July 2024.

There is currently no timescale for the completion of the spine road which would allow the bus service access to the development, and this would not be within the control of the council’s transport provider.

The council said it intends to deliver the bus service as soon as the spine road access is available.

However, this would potentially mean that the council could be left with only limited time to spend this funding so it is calling for the time-period to be extended from five years to eight years.

Nottingham City Council also has a total sum of £680,000 to be spent on the extension of the City Link bus service to serve the development within five years of receipt.

The council seeks to vary the timescale for the City Link contribution to be spent or committed for expenditure from five years from the date of receipt of the payment to 10 years. Nottingham City Council has yet to receive an instalment of the transport contribution.

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