Work starts on new homes being built on former Gedling Colliery site

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ARTIST IMPRESSION: The new homes at the Chase Farm site in Gedling

Work has begun on a new scheme to provide 1,050 much-needed homes in Gedling.

Keepmoat Homes is starting work on the Chase Farm development which will see new high-quality housing being built on the 33-hectare site.

The first phase of the development will see Keepmoat Homes build 506, two, three, four and five bedroom, high specification family houses, which will create a new community with green corridors linking existing residential areas along Arnold Lane into Gedling Country Park.

The first release of homes for sale were made available in September, with the show-home due to be open late autumn; allowing prospective purchasers to see for themselves the quality of the homes on offer at Chase Farm. So far, 15 properties have been sold and over 1,300 customers have registered to find out more about the properties on sale.

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.

PLANS: The new estate being planned next to the country park

Working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Keepmoat Homes has gained approval on detailed planning for the first phase of 506 new homes and preliminary permission for the remaining 544 homes.  The plans also identify a new primary school, health centre, local shops and public open space to provide services for the new residents and the wider community.

Included within the plans is land set aside for a park and ride site to ensure the residents and the surrounding local community can benefit from any future improvements to the transport network.

Additionally, Keepmoat Homes has committed £17 million 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.

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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.

“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.”

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor 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 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.”

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