Anger over amount of trees cut down for new housing development in Gedling

 Anger over amount of trees cut down for new housing development in Gedling

PICTURED: Arnold Lane before, left and right, after the trees were removed

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A Gedling resident has spoken of his anger at the chopping down of a large number of trees by a developer along Arnold Lane.

The roadside trees and hedgerow were removed during construction of the Chase Farm housing development in Gedling, making the estate visible from the lane.

But Peter Wood, who lives on Digby Avenue in the village, has criticised developers Keepmoat for creating what he is calling ‘a treeless desert’ .

He said: “Formerly there was a 20-metre high hedge with a copious amount of mature broadleaf trees but now look what the surrounding residents, road users and pedestrians have to look at – not very much.

“I have taken a photograph showing the original hedge and attractive landscaping which ran for literally miles along Arnold Lane.

“What we have been left with now is an absolute disgrace following the construction of Chase Farm. It’s now just an uninteresting high grass bank and treeless landscape which will be seen by millions over future years.

PICTURED: Peter Wood pictured in front of trees alongside Arnold Lane
Mr Wood now stands showing where the trees have been removed
Chase Farm
PICTURED: Chase Farm

“I formerly did landscaping checks for a planning department all over the Midlands and I would never have approved this scheme, mainly due to the considerable lack of trees

He added: “I think the poor landscaping has been put in place so the developers can promote their new site as you can now see the housing from the road, which will encourage buyers”

Mr Wood is now hoping the situation will be rectified as the Chase Farm Estate grows.

He told Gedling Eye: Let’s hope the tree planting and landscaping gets better as they continue to expand the site over the coming years and they now put more trees in place.”

Gedling Eye contacted Keepmoat for a response to Mr Wood’s complaints.

A spokesman said: “The work to remove hedgerow along Arnold Lane was carried out in 2017, as detailed within the planning permission to deliver up to 1,050 much needed new homes for the residents of Gedling. 

“Keepmoat Homes recognises the impact construction can have on the environment and our aim is to reduce the impact of our work by reducing our carbon footprint, building sustainable low energy homes, reducing waste in construction and introducing measures to increase biodiversity. 

“To ensure we have limited the environmental impact at Chase Farm we have recently received planning permission to create a green urban square at the heart of the development, the new spine road running through the centre of the development will provide a tree lined avenue, and once the Gedling Access Road has been completed, there will be new pedestrian and cycling routes linking Arnold Lane with the Gedling Country Park.”

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