Work to demolish an iconic farm building and also construct a new bat house has begun to help clear the way for the development of the new Gedling Access Road (GAR).
Construction has already started on a bat house which is being built due to the loss of daytime and maternity roosts as a result of the demolition of Glebe Farm, which will take place in May.
A spokesman for VIA, who are managing the work on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Bats are a protected species and the location of existing bat roosts have been identified during previous and ongoing ecological and environmental assessments along the route of GAR.”
The Glebe Farm buildings will then be demolished, and this work is expected to take six weeks.
A spokesman for VIA said: “These advanced works are compliant with the planning permission granted and a historic building record of Glebe Farm has been completed.”
The go ahead was given buy the two areas of land that form part of Glebe Farm on Lambley Lane back in October 2018.
Some local residents said they would be sad to see the properties reduced to rubble.
Iris Lane said: “I’ll be sad to see it go. Glebe Farm is part of our heritage and too many of these buildings are being lost and replaced by more modern monstrosities.
But Gedling Village Local History & Preservation Society member Francis Rodrigues said the demolition work was all part of progress.
He said: ”Although It’s sad to see Glebe Farm disappear, the benefit to Gedling Village of the new road (GAR) is immense and will improve the quality of life for thousands of local residents in and around Gedling Village, Carlton and Netherfield.
“All the HGVs will all disappear and the traffic traveling to Burton Joyce & Netherfield will now Bypass Gedling Village.
He added: “The building has been recorded and photographed for historical purposes.”
WHAT IS THE GEDLING ACCESS ROAD?
The Gedling Access Road will be a 3.8km stretch of road linking the existing A612 Trent Valley Road/ Nottingham Road to Mapperley Plains (B684).
It has been designed to ease congestion in Gedling Village whilst providing safe access to the new Chase Farm housing estate on the former Gedling colliery site.
The GAR is being constructed by Nottinghamshire County Council and Via East Midlands in partnership with Homes England (HE), Gedling Borough Council and also Keepmoat Homes – the housing developer for the Chase Farm site, who are joint funding the new road.