Work to create a major housing development on the site of a former colliery in Gedling hit its first milestone recently following the completion of several new show homes.
Representatives from Keepmoat Homes, Nottinghamshire County Council, Gedling Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) recently gathered at the Chase Farm site to be shown around the new properties on the extensive £170m development.
The first phase of the development will see 506, two, three, four and five bedroom houses being constructed, with green corridors linking existing residential areas along Arnold Lane into Gedling Country Park.
It is hoped the first homeowners will move into the new properties on the former Gedling Colliery site early next year.
The first release of homes for sale were made available in September, with 28 homes being sold to date, four of which completed this month.
The brownfield land at Chase Farm has long been identified as a site which will help Gedling Council meet the Borough’s housing needs, and the development is crucial in meeting the Council’s target of delivering 7,250 homes by 2028.
Working in partnership with the HCA, Keepmoat Homes gained approval on detailed planning for the first phase of 506 new homes and preliminary permission for the remaining 544 homes. A new primary school, health centre, local shops and public open space will be created to for the new residents and also the wider community.
Site developers Keepmoat Homes has also committed £17m of funding to help pay towards the costs of delivering the Gedling Access Road.
The 3.8km new road will link Burton Joyce to Mapperley Top, was granted planning permission in December 2014 and is set for completion by 2020. Funding for the £40 million road has come from a mixture of public and private sector funding, which includes Nottinghamshire County Council, Gedling Borough Council, the HCA, Local Enterprise Partnership D2N2 and Keepmoat Homes.
The new road has been earmarked for development for more than 50 years as a means of diverting traffic away from Gedling Village, easing congestion, and bringing economic benefits to local residents by creating a new access road to employment zones.
Andrew Mason, Regional Managing Director of Keepmoat Homes East Midlands, said: “This expansive project is exactly the kind of development which is helping to ease the housing crisis whilst providing amenities that really transform and benefit local communities.
“We are also committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the long term, ensuring local people benefit by investing in training and employment, creating strong links with local schools and colleges and promoting volunteering in the area.
He added: “We will create apprenticeships for local young people to help them gain qualifications in construction, whilst focusing on employing local small businesses to ensure the major investment in Gedling is re-invested back into the local economy.”
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This launch marks an important stage in the delivery of the new £40 million Gedling Access Road.
This is the biggest infrastructure project the County Council is currently involved in, which will benefit residents, road users and businesses in the long-term.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke said: “This is a very important milestone for Gedling and these new homes are essential for the borough.
“We are very pleased to be working with Keepmoat Homes to ensure that we provide much needed new homes on brownfield sites that will boost the local economy and give back to the community through jobs. This is also an important step in getting the Gedling Access Road, which will relieve the traffic going through Gedling Village and improve the transport connections in the area.”
You can find out more about the development by visiting http://www.keepmoatcorporate.com/