Work on the long-awaited Gedling Access Road is expected to accelerate rapidly next year, with much of the major construction work getting into full swing.
The new 3.8km route will join the B684 at Mapperley Plains to the A612 at the Trent Valley Way and Nottingham Road junction, to the East of Gedling.
Discussions about building the £40 million road have been going on for at least five decades, but the council is now in the final stages of buying the plots of lands it needs to build it.
Once those have gone through – which could be as early as March – the heavy construction work will begin.
Preparatory ground works are already taking place on site.
It is hoped the route could open as early as Spring 2020, however the council has warned that there could be some delays with buying the land, in which case the road would be expected to open in Winter 2020.
To the side of the new road, on the former Gedling Colliery site, 1,050 houses can be built when the road is finished.
Planning conditions granted for the new housing estate mean the full allocation can only be built once the GAR is fully opened.
There will also be six hectares of land set aside as ‘employment land’ which currently includes plans for a drive-through restaurant, a pub and several light industrial units.
As part of the development of the road, a new 3 metre wide shared use footpath and cyclepath will be built along the entire length of GAR.
Pedestrian crossing points will be provided across the GAR to enable the public to access the Country Park.
Conservative councillor John Cottee is the chairman of the Nottinghamshire County Council committee which is responsible for roads.
He said: “Building a Gedling Village bypass has been an aspiration for the county council for more than 50 years, so 2019 is hopefully set to be a momentous year with works expected to start on this ambitious scheme subject to a positive outcome with the purchasing of land and any Public Inquiry process.
“The £40 million road will not only help ease traffic in and out of Nottingham and around Gedling Village, it has huge potential to unlock new developments in Gedling, creating new jobs and more affordable housing in the area.
“We’ve worked with a range of partners to help make this scheme happen and is one of a number of major road schemes we are leading on to improve the county’s road network and local economy.”
The scale of the development means several different agencies have been involved, with different responsibilities.
The Conservative-led county council is responsible for buying the plots of land needed.
The council says it hopes to do this through negotiation with the land owners, rather than through Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs)
It says: “While every endeavour is made to acquire land via negotiation, it is standard practice that CPO powers are progressed simultaneously with land acquisition. The CPOs and the notification and publicity of the orders were undertaken October 2018.
“If objections are received to the CPO then it is likely that there will need to be a Public Inquiry and may impact of the timescales of the programme. Public Inquiries are commonplace with schemes of this scale.
“The outcome of the CPO process and the date for any necessary Public Inquiry will not be known until early February 2019.”
- Full business case for D2N2 (The Local Enterprise Partnership) conditional funding has been agreed in principle and unconditional approval could be reached by March 2019.
- Public Inquiry if required could be spring 2019.
- GAR on site (main contract works) – earliest March 2019 if no objections to CPO or otherwise Summer 2019
- GAR complete – earliest Spring 2020 based on no objections to CPO or otherwise Winter 2020.