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River Trent pedestrian bridge a step closer as land purchase legal costs approved

Nottingham City Council has approved an additional expenditure of up to £50,000 to cover the professional costs of landowners for the construction of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Trent.

The Waterside Bridge project is being delivered using grant funding secured from Central Government through the Transforming Cities programme.

This project promises to provide a link between Lady Bay and the Waterside Regeneration Zone, improving not just local transportation but also economic and environmental prospects, says the council.

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Funded by the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund, the initiative is part of a broader ambition to revolutionize the city’s infrastructure, ensuring it supports a future where sustainable transport options are readily accessible.

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The council has committed to avoiding Compulsory Purchase Order powers, and will use negotiation to assemble the required lands.

Landowners pivotal to this venture, including Blueprint (General Partner) Ltd, Nottingham Waterside Management Company Ltd, the Environment Agency, Nottinghamshire Sports Club Limited, and Nottingham Forest Football Club Limited, are set to be reimbursed for their reasonable professional fees incurred during the negotiation process.

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The new bridge, the first over the River Trent since Clifton Bridge was built 60 years ago, will create links between the expanding Waterside regeneration area, Colwick Park on the north bank, and the Lady Bay and West Bridgford areas to the south.

The new bridge will also provide strong links between exciting  developments in the Island Quarter, as well as significant housing growth taking place in West Bridgford and Nottingham city centre.

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The project is being led by Nottingham City Council, working in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council and in consultation with Nottinghamshire County Council.

Since funding was allocated in 2020, the City Council has explored possible locations for the new bridge, including looking at environmental and flooding factors while engaging with local people.

New Bridge Construction in Nottingham: A planning application has been submitted for a new bridge over the River Trent, connecting Lady Bay to the city center. This includes the main bridge, access ramps, demolition of an old industrial building, and landscaping. The bridge aims to improve connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Cross-Jurisdictional Coordination: The project spans two local authorities – Nottingham City Council (NCC) on the north and Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) on the south. NCC leads the project, responsible for funding and land agreements. The planning process involves coordination between multiple local authorities and regulatory bodies.

Navigation and Environmental Considerations: The bridge must comply with statutory obligations for navigation on the tidal River Trent, requiring approval from the Canals and Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency. The project aligns with ecological and navigational safety standards, integrating community feedback.

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