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January 25 – On this day: Plans unveiled for Chase Farm development and Stoke Lane floods at Burton Joyce

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Keepmoat Homes unveiled their plans for the first 506 properties which would be constructed on land off Arnold Lane at Chase Farm.

ARTIST IMPRESSION: Graphics showing how the new homes at the Chase Farm site would look was released

The developer was awaiting the green light from Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee and said the go-ahead could be received as early as February.

The plans revealed the new estate would be a mixture of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses and two-bedroom apartments and would be built in two phases: with phase one being the first 506 dwellings and phase two being the remaining 587 dwellings.

Plans were made public that rare or special flora and fauna from the housing estate site would be moved into Gedling Country Park in order to preserve it before construction could begin.

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Police launched an investigation following a terrifying bank robbery on Mapperley Top.

A lone male, thought to be aged 17 to 18, walked into the RBS branch on Woodborough Road and threatened staff.

The suspect took cash before running down an alleyway towards a car park at the back of the premises.

No one was hurt but staff and customers were said to be very shaken by the incident.


People were being invited to share their views on plans for a new medical centre in Netherfield.

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The new medical centre would be built on land previously occupied by the Ashwell Street School on Meadow Road. The site has been empty since the former school building was demolished.

EARLY PLANS: An artist’s impression of the new medical centre proposed for Netherfield

The centre would replace the current surgery on Forester Street in the town and help cope with an increase in patients when the housing development on Teal Close is completed.


A survey revealed that more than 90 percent of people in Gedling borough were in favour of keeping their local council, rather than scrapping it and replacing it with a ‘super council’ for all of the county.

Gedling Borough Council sent a survey to every household and business in Gedling to get their views.

Nottinghamshire County Council were proposing to scrap all seven district and borough councils, and the county council, replacing them with one single authority for the whole of Nottinghamshire.

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Supporters said it could save £27 million a year, and would help streamline services.

But opponents, including Gedling Borough Council, said it would erode local decision making, and could cost a large amount to set up.

The plan was eventually shelved.

PICTURED: SID the swan at the police station, left, and back on the water (PHOTO: Notts Police)

An injured swan is on the road to recovery after calling on local officers at a police station in Arnold for help.

The swan, which officers have named ‘SID’ made his way to the station in Arnot Hill Park this afternoon as he needed help for a poorly leg.

Sid is also a park resident and can often be spotted on the lake.

Once he had made his way to the station, Sid nestled down in the car park, and patiently awaited assistance from the boys in blue.


Residents in Mapperley are celebrating after the council handed them the keys to Haywood Road Community Centre following a successful battle to save it from closure.

Local residents took over responsibility for managing the centre from Gedling Borough Council after councillors approved the plans.

Haywood Road community centre handover

Cabinet members agreed to transfer the lease of the centre to the Haywood Road Community Association (HRCA) subject to legal approval.

Residents lobbied the council to save the centre from closure back in January 2017, voicing their concerns about a lack of alternative community centres and the desire to retain the neighbouring green space.

Since then, the council has invested £20,000 into improving the centre and, most recently, made a successful joint funding bid with the HRCA from FCC Communities Foundation for a new £140,000 play area that opened in September 2019.


Aerial footage from a drone revealed the extent of flooding caused by the River Trent at Burton Joyce.

This video showed flood waters near the village.

The flooding closed a section of Stoke Lane by Burton Joyce Station, with flood waters cutting off the route to Stoke Bardolph.

Police were warning parents to keep children away from the water’s edge after youngsters were spotted playing by the flooded river at Stoke Bardolph.

Officers issued the warning after spotting two young children very near to the water during patrols yesterday.

River levels had been rising at Stoke Bardolph and Burton Joyce, over recent weeks, with water flooding nearby fields and blocking off roads.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “Following a visit to the River Trent located at Stoke Bardolph, our officers observed two young children playing near to the water.

“Fortunately, they returned to their parents nearby.


Sainsbury’s stores across Gedling borough said they would continue to ask staff and customers to wear face masks – despite the mandatory covering rule ending.

The Government said it would no longer legally mandate the wearing of face masks in shops and on public transport from January 27; a proof of vaccination or a recent negative test would also no longer be needed to enter nightclubs and larger venues.

However, Sainsbury’s, which has shops in Arnold, Mapperley and Colwick, revealed it would still be encouraging both shoppers and employees to mask up while in stores.

Morrisons, which has a store in Netherfield, said it would continue to follow the latest guidance by not expecting shoppers to put on a face covering.

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