Gedling Borough Council launches consultation over sale of land for housing in Arnold

The land near Killisick Lane is currently uncultivated and overgrown and could be sold along with other privately owned pieces of land in the same area. 

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Gedling Borough Council has announced plans to consult on the sale of land owned by the authority near Killisick Lane in Arnold that has been allocated for housing, subject to a consultation.

The council’s Local Plan included the site in its allocation for much needed new homes in the borough including an allocation for affordable homes on the site, subject to the usual planning permissions being granted.  

The land, which is currently uncultivated and overgrown, could be sold along with other privately owned pieces of land in the same area. 

If sold, the revenue generated would be used to improve essential council services as well as be reinvested in The Hobbucks Nature Reserve, adjacent to the land. 

A consultation will be launched to get the views of local residents before any decision is made. Residents can have their say when the council publicly advertises its notice of intention to sell the land, this is a statutory requirement to ensure people can comment on the matter. 

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Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke MBE said:“We wanted to seek the views of nearby residents before we make any decision on what steps we take next.

“The land is suitable for much needed new homes, including affordable homes, and the money made from the sale would be reinvested back into council services. We have a well-established nature reserve on the nearby Hobbucks site and we have been clear that this open space will be protected and enhanced, using some of the revenue from any proposed sale. 

We have to strike a balance with providing open spaces, creating more homes and balancing our budget, which is harder than ever as we see less and less government funding which is why we need to look at assets like council owned land. We want local residents to read the proposals and have their say and we will take all comments into consideration before we make any decisions.”

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