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Plans for 430 homes lodged as Gedling Access Road nears completion

Developers have submitted plans to build more than 430 homes on the large Chase Farm development as construction on the nearby Gedling Access Road nears its completion.

The 1,050-home development, off Arnold Lane near Gedling village, has been in the pipeline for several years with hundreds of homes already built on-site.

The development, which sits adjacent to the now £48million bypass, has been limited while the 3.8km carriageway is constructed.

Initial planning permission for the first 506 homes has already been approved, but Nottinghamshire County Council documents state the site is limited to 315 homes without the Gedling Access Road (GAR) in place.

However, the long-awaited road is expected to open to motorists in spring 2022 – months after its anticipated completion this autumn due to Covid and site delays – and will unlock land for more homes to be built.

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It comes as part of an agreement in Gedling’s Local Plan, which allocated the land for more than 1,000 homes but meant the development can only be completed following the opening of the road.

Now, with the project nearing its final stages, developer Keepmoat Homes has put forward its proposals for another 431 houses.

The plans, submitted to Gedling Borough Council, propose family housing with a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties.

Documents state 10 per cent of the homes will be marketed as ‘affordable housing’, equating to 43 houses, with the development constructed in a similar style to existing properties in the first phase.

The extended development would continue to be accessed from Arnold Lane, but once it is complete, the second phase will connect to a roundabout on the GAR.

Councillor John Clarke (Lab), leader of Gedling Borough Council, has been supportive of the Chase Farm development and believes it will benefit the borough.

He said: “These plans show the progress being made with the GAR, they weren’t allowed to build any more until the GAR is either finished or nearly finished.

“I don’t think there will be a problem with the development at all and we will get some more people being able to live in Gedling.”

The planning application comes after Nottinghamshire County Council confirmed last month the costs of the Gedling Access Road have soared.

The project was initially expected to cost £40 million before increasing by £5.4 million in the summer. By November, however, the council confirmed costs had risen by £8.619 million.

This was put down to delays with the Covid pandemic, issues with site conditions and increasing costs due to both coronavirus and Brexit.

However, councillors and council leaders said at the time the benefits of the road will “pay for itself”, with the project expected to provide a boost of £73 million to Gedling and the wider county.

Cllr Ben Bradley MP (Con), leader of the county council, said in November: “Ultimately, the savings and the economic benefits more than make up for the overrun and the costs.

“Obviously we’d rather it didn’t overrun but find me a major infrastructure project across the country that hasn’t cost more than expected during Covid.

“I think it’s par for the course in the times we’re in, to be honest.”

The new route has been in the pipeline for more than 40 years, connecting Mapperley Plans to the A612 Trent Valley Road and easing congestion through parts of Gedling village.

As well as unlocking extra homes at Chase Farm, the road will allow other parts of the Gedling Local Plan to be brought forward including plots for housing and employment space.

Chase Farm itself promises a community hub with retail space, a health centre and space for a new primary school.

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