Work to construct two new junctions has now started at the site of a planned new ‘flagship village’ at Top Wighay Farm site near Linby.
The council have said that more than 1,000 full time jobs could be created as part of plans to build 805 homes, a new primary school, shops, playing fields and offices on the 40-hectare site.
The new village could generate £873 million* in terms of economic output over a ten-year period.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said the project will provide a much-needed boost to the local economy following the covid-19 outbreak..
She said: “Now more than ever, ambitious developments like this will help boost economic growth for our county over the next decade, which is why I am so committed to this major regeneration project which will help generations to come.
“Whilst this terrible pandemic hasn’t gone away and we continue to prioritise our services to ensure the well-being of our communities, we owe it to our residents to invest in Nottinghamshire as part of our road to recovery.”
It follows the Prime Minister’s announcement to focus on long-term infrastructure projects to help create jobs and boost economic recovery in light of the pandemic.
Cllr Cutts added: “I’m passionate about our plans as this development as the needs of the local community at its core. These current works will provide the road infrastructure needed to help open up the site.
“As we adjust to a new way of life, this new village could serve as a model for the way communities live as a result of COVID-19.
“As more of us work from home, having a primary school within easy reach and well-served by footpaths, cycle routes and traffic calming measures, will make dropping off the children for school safer and more convenient. It promises to be the ideal place to bring up a family which is why this project is one I cherish so much. ”
The current highways work, due to be complete next Spring, includes the expansion of a roundabout on the A611/Annesley Road and a new signal-controlled junction as well as a new, three-metre wide, shared use footway/cycle lane along the northern side of the A611 north of Hucknall and to the west of Linby.