Place Projects - 17 October 2018

Permissions to buy land for Gedling Access Road granted

Councillors today (October 17) gave the go ahead to purchase land needed for a new Nottinghamshire access road, co-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Policy Committee today gave approval for the council to buy two areas of land forming part of Glebe Farm on Lambley Lane, Gedling, and Ranch Kennels on Whitworth Drive, Burton Joyce.

The land is needed to enable building of the Gedling Access Road (GAR); a 3.8kilometre road to link the existing A612 Trent Valley Road/Nottingham Road to Mapperley Plains (the B684). A route map of the GAR is pictured left.

The GAR has been designed to ease congestion in Gedling Village; whilst providing safe access to the housing, employment and community-related uses proposed by the full re-development of the former Gedling Colliery site.

The GAR is being delivered by the County Council and Via East Midlands in partnership with Homes England (HE), Gedling Borough Council and Keepmoat Homes Ltd, housing developer for the Chase Farm site, which are all helping to fund the new road. 

Nottinghamshire County Council is working with Homes England, Gedling Borough Council and Keepmoat Homes Ltd; all providing funding for the GAR, of more than £40million in total. This includes Keepmoat (providing £17m), the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (£10.8m), Homes England (£7m) and the County Council (£5.4m).

Without the GAR, Keepmoat would need to limit the number of houses it builds to 315.

Councillor Kay Cutts, Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, said: “Today’s sign-off on these two permissions to purchase signals a further step forward for this scheme, which will provide much-needed infrastructure required to meet future growth, making way for up to 1,050 new homes to be built whilst reducing congestion in Gedling Village.”

Wherever possible, the County Council said, it would seek to acquire the land needed for construction of the road by agreement. 

“To leave acquisitions until the Compulsory Purchase Order is confirmed would potentially be more costly and time-consuming if objections were received,” added Cllr Cutts.

The GAR main construction works are expected to last 18 months. It is anticipated the road will be completed and open to traffic before the end of 2020, based on a start date of summer 2019. Advanced works, including diversions to some of the underground services, have already been completed. Other related construction work, to enable completion of the project, will continue to be carried out.

For further details on the Gedling Access Road go to web link www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/GAR

D2N2’s investment in the Gedling Access Road comes via its Local Growth Fund allocation.

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12billion through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders. Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.

For more on how the D2N2 LEP is using its Local Growth Fund allocation to boost its area’s economy see web link www.d2n2lep.org/Local-Growth-Fund

Media wanting more information about the D2N2 LEP can contact Sean Kirby, D2N2 Communications Manager, on 0115 9578749 or email: sean.kirby@d2n2lep.org

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