Significant changes are happening across Gedling borough, with huge new housing estates, a multi-million pound road, and retail developments on the way.
With Gedling Borough Council being given the ambitious target of building at least 7,250 new homes over the next few years, whole new communities are planned.
Construction work is already underway at some of the developments. Some already have planning permission but are yet to get started, while others are a little further down the pipeline.
As well as the larger developments, a host of smaller estates are planned, with several projects already under way.
We’ve had a look at some of the biggest developments and infrastructure projects likely to change the face of the borough over the next decade.
This is the largest of the new developments planned for the borough, with more than 1,000 homes eventually being built.
The land, which is nestled next to the 240-acre Gedling Country Park, was sold to developers Keepmoat in 2015.
Planning restrictions imposed on the site mean only 315 of the 1,050 houses can be built before the new dual-carriageway Gedling Access Road (see more below) is complete.
Already more than 100 of the new homes have been built, including six which were modular-built, meaning the main construction was done off-site, and they were carried in.
A spokesman for Keepmoat Homes said: “To date we have completed 113 new homes which are a mix of open market sale and affordable homes for our partner Gedling Homes.
“Following the completion of the new road, which is expected in Autumn 2021, we look forward to delivering the remaining 735 homes on the site and completing the transformation of this former colliery into a thriving new community.”
Gedling Access Road
Key to the Chase Farm Development is the new £40 million Gedling Access Road, a new dual carriageway to join Mapperley Plains and the A612.
There are also several other, smaller developments which are waiting for the completion of the road before they can get started.
After decades of speculation and several failed attempts to build the road, the latest project remains on schedule, with the 2.3 mile (3.8km) route expected to open to traffic in Autumn 2021.
Funding has been secured, but Nottinghamshire County Council – which is running the project – is waiting for the Secretary of State to notify that the compulsory purchase order required to buy the land can be confirmed.
This will start the process to access land which is crucial to constructing the new route. Land acquisition – by agreement with the land owners – is also ongoing.
Drainage work required for the road started earlier this month near Gedling Country Park.
Dozens of smaller plots
The edges of the urban parts of Gedling borough, including in Arnold, are set to change significantly, with a necklace of new developments around them.
House building plans are at various planning and development stages, but an overarching plan approved by the borough council earlier this year has set aside 12 sites for a total of 1,580 homes.
Among these are:
Rolleston Drive, Arnold – 140 homes on a county council-owned brownfield site which was formerly offices and is currently the subject of a row between borough and county council. The borough council says the county council is dragging its heels, and has offered to buy the site from them. But the county council says it is marketing the site, and has had 20 expressions of interest.
Brookfields Garden Centre, Mapperley Plains – 90 homes just off the B614. This now has permission.
Willow Farm, Gedling – 110 homes on a site which is currently agricultural land near where the Gedling Access Road will be built. Development dependent on the completion of the GAR.
Linden Grove, Carlton- 115 homes on land in the south east of Carlton, close to the Carlton-le-Willows Academy. This development is also dependent on GAR.
Lodge Farm Lane , Arnold – 150 homes on a site which is currently greenfield land to the north of Arnold
Spring Lane, near Gedling Country Park – 150 homes on a site which already has planning permission, and work is well under way.
Howbeck road, Arnold – 205 homes – At the North East of Arnold, adjacent to the Brookfields Garden Centre. This also now has planning permission.
Killisick Lane, north Arnold – 230 homes. Approval was granted earlier this year.
Mansfield Road, Arnold – 220 homes on two separate plots just off the A60. The first of these was granted permission in August.
The second-largest new housing development currently under way in Gedling, this will see new leisure areas 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.
The new facilities will serve the more than 800 properties which are expected to be built, on land off the A612 Colwick Loop Road, between Netherfield and Stoke Bardolph.
A spokeswoman for Persimmon Homes, the developers behind the scheme, said: “This is a popular development and we are delighted to have already handed over the keys to 43 customers.
“More than 40 properties are reserved or in various stages of construction, with a further 107 homes yet to be released for sale, from a total of 199 on this phase of the site.”
There are already three phases of the development, with full planning permission being granted in stages. The latest 250 homes were granted permission in June.
The reality of someone getting on a tram in the city and travelling to Gedling is – in reality – still a long way off.
But early stage plans are being put together, and maps drawn up, to extend the current tram network along the old mineral lines into the borough.
There are also hopes a new park and ride could even be set up near Gedling Country Park, to ease congestion in and out of the city.
While the scheme would likely be cheaper than previous extensions – due to the majority of the route being off-street – it would still likely run into the hundreds of millions, and is yet to receive the funding commitments needed.
Carlton Square shopping centre
Plans are afoot to upgrade the unloved old shopping centre with a £790,000 investment from the borough council.
It is hoped the facelift will be ready in time for next Christmas.
As part of the improvements there will be upgrades to the entrance areas, new paving and lighting changes to the car park layout and new street furniture.
It is hoped this could be a catalyst for wider changes in the area.
Arnold town centre redevelopment
The first stage of the upgrade was the changes to Arnold market, which the council has bought outright.
Temporary stalls were put in place, ahead of more-permanent structures being erected.
Work has also been done to Eagle Square and Bonington Theatre.
The council had hoped the town centre would be shortlisted for up to £5 million from the Government’s high street redevelopment fund.
But these hopes were dashed earlier this month, when the town centre missed out on the funding.
New Sainsbury’s in Colwick
The retailer was granted planning permission a new Sainsbury’s supermarket on land next to the Total fuel site, off Colwick Loop Road, in 2013.
Work is yet to get under way, but a spokeswoman for the chain confirmed on Friday, August 30, that they remain committed to opening a store.
Council bosses have said it would be very welcome for the area.
Top Wighay Farm site
North of Hucknall, this will potentially be a major development for the borough, with new housing, but also plans for a school, local centre and public open spaces.
It is thought there could be enough land for around 1,000 new houses, as well as office, industrial and commercial space.
This development is still at an early stage, but could become one of the biggest developments in the county.