The Teal Close development, described as a mini city, can now expand further, after plans were approved today.
The decision by Gedling Borough Council gives the green light to the second phase of the development, meaning the next 353 homes can be built.
Eventually, it is expected more than 800 homes will be built on the 135-acre site, off the A612 Colwick Loop Road, between Netherfield and Stoke Bardolph.
As well as the homes, there will also be a care home, a trade park with 14 units and 141,000 square foot of employment space.
New leisure areas will also be built, including play pitches with changing facilities, allotments and children’s play areas. There will also be an ecology park, a new community building and a new primary school.
Before permission was granted for the second phase, there was planning approval for 199 homes, of which 120 have been bought and occupied, with the rest either under construction or in the purchasing process.
Councillor Truscott is the chairman of the committee which took the decision today (Wednesday, June 17), and represents the Porchester ward for Labour.
He said before the decision was made that he was pleased with how the development was progressing.
He told the virtual meeting of the borough council’s Planning Committee: “I actually did a site visit (to Teal Close), I looked round phase one and I’m very impressed.
“They’ve done a great job, they’ve got attractive houses, all of them are full so they’re obviously very popular, and I think we should give them permission today so they can get on and build phase two.
“So I will most certainly be voting in favour of this proposal.”
However some concerns were raised about the setting up of an ecology committee, designed to encourage sustainability of the development.
This was a requirement set out by the council in the initial planning permission, and it is still yet to be formed.
Councillor David Ellis, who represents the Ernehale ward for Labour, told the committee: “We’ve heard from Persimmon and Mike Avery (the council’s planning boss) that it hasn’t been achieved, that it hasn’t been achieved.
“So although Persimmon says it’s unfortunate, it’s very clearly a breach of the … agreement.
“So I’d like to ask Mr Avery what assurances do we have that the ecology committee will be up and running in very short order and we can move on and take advantage of the synergies that there are in the area?”
Mr Avery replied that although progress had stalled last year, there was now ‘significant progress’, and that it was now a ‘priority’ to have the first meeting next month.
He said: “Persimmon Homes are absolutely on board with this, so we need to get the agreement completed and we need to ensure that committee does meet next month. That is the expectation of key stakeholders.”
The vote was passed unanimously today.