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£3m funding boost to improve roads surrounding new £10m Top Wighay Farm development at Linby

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One of the largest development projects in Nottinghamshire is set for a significant infrastructure boost next week, as £3 million is expected to be committed to upgrade surrounding roads. 

The Top Wighay Farm development just to the north of Hucknall – and west of Linby – is expected to take up to nine years to complete. 

It is hoped to create up to 1,000 jobs with around 800 homes, and a new ‘neighbourhood centre’ complete with a new school and possibly a medical centre. 

In the words of Councillor Chris Barnfather who represents Newstead on the county council, said the project had “been on the horizon for many, many years”.

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However significant upgrades were needed to the infrastructure around the development in order to make it commercially viable.

Now, regional development agency D2N2 is expected to commit a further £3 million towards the project. 

At a meeting next week (Monday, May 11) the D2N2 Investment Board is likely to add its financial backing to the scheme, which already has the backing of Homes England and Nottinghamshire County Council. 

A D2N2 report on the funding states: “The Top Wighay Farm site is located just north west of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire and has been allocated for housing and employment development since 2005. 

“Several attempts have been made to bring this forward but the private sector has failed to deliver the site due to the infrastructure requirements. 

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PICTURED: Farmland will be used for the new development outside Linby

“The site is currently posed to bring forward the accelerated delivery of 805 new homes as part of a sustainable urban extension. 

“Alongside housing provision, the site will encompass employment space, a primary school, a local centre and surrounding areas of open space. 

“The site requires major highway and utility infrastructure, these include:  

“The expansion of a roundabout on the A611/Annesley Road to accommodate traffic requirements to access the site.  

A new signal-controlled junction to manage traffic flow and support the pedestrian cycle access. 

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A new three metre wide shared use footway and cycleway along the A611 for flexible and environmentally friendly public access to the site. 

“The overall cost of the works is £10.3m, £5.8m has already been confirmed by Homes England. 

“A precondition of the Homes England funding is that the public sector fills the remaining funding gap which is the basis of the application for D2N2 funding.”

Should the D2N2 funding be approved on Monday, the rest of the £10.3 million needed for the infrastructure upgrade will come from £1.5 million from Nottinghamshire County Council.

D2N2 has also given an update on the expected time table for works – which are to be carried out by Balfour Beatty, but warned that all dates are likely to be impacted by covid-19 restrictions.

It says currently the plan is to complete the infrastructure by March next year, and for work to start on the housing development in December 2021, with practical completion of the whole site by September 2029.

Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth is the portfolio holder for growth and regeneration at Gedling Borough Council, and represents the Gedling ward for Labour.

She said: “We welcome the news from D2N2 that they will be providing funding to the developers, Nottinghamshire County Council, for this site, to create the infrastructure needed for such a large development. 

“The Top Wighay site is one of the council’s key sites for development, as it will provide much needed new homes, including affordable homes and employment to help create a more vibrant economy in the borough.”Categories: Planning PermissionLocations:Authorities: Nottinghamshire County CouncilLDRS FAQsCopyright © 2020 BBCSUPPORT

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