Plans have been approved for two new major junctions on the A611, which will serve a large new development near Hucknall.
It is hoped more than 800 homes, shops, a school and a new health centre will be built on the 42-hectare site, known as Top Wighay Farm.
The development is still years from fruition, but last week Nottinghamshire County Council, which owns the land, agreed to apply for outline planning permission – essentially approving the designs in principle.
The Conservative-led authority says the development will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs and ‘could generate £873 million economic output contribution over a ten-year period’.
As part of the new road junctions, speed limit reductions are expected, from 70 miles per hour down to 50 for the stretch where the changes will be.
The first of the junctions will be the expansion of the roundabout on the A611/Annesley Road near the new fire service and East Midlands Ambulance Service ‘super hub’.
Currently a three-arm roundabout, an extra arm will be added into the estate.
The second new junction will essentially be a slipway further north off the A611, also to allow entry to the development, but from a different location.
As part of the new road changes, a new three-metre wide foot and cycle path will be added, segregated from the road by a large wooden fence.
Plans for the new road upgrades were approved unanimously by councillors on the planning committee on Tuesday, January 21.
Councillor Kay Cutts is the leader of the council and represents Radcliffe on Trent for the Conservatives.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted and excited that this decision now means the Top Wighay Farm development is moving closer to becoming a reality.
“This development is one of this council’s flagship projects and it will create a real sense of community by integrating new homes, a new primary school, areas of communal open space and a neighbourhood centre with potential for facilities such as a medical centre.
“There will also be new offices for county council staff that will act as a catalyst for local economic growth.
“The creation of more than 1,000 jobs will also be a tremendous boost to the economic prospects of the whole area over the next decade.
“The investment in community facilities, infrastructure and education facilities means that the Top Wighay development will be positive for everyone as it will have the needs of the local community at its core.”