The start of work on the new Gedling Access Road (GAR) could be delayed unless a number of objections from landowners who are subject to the compulsory purchase scheme are resolved in the next few weeks.
Nottinghamshire County Council say they will now launch a public inquiry to consider the objections, which could possibly hold up the start of construction work, which is due to begin in 2020.
The council did say that if the objections were resolved quickly, they would look at starting construction work sooner.
Cllr John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, told Gedling Eye: “The Gedling Access Road is set to unlock potential new developments in Gedling, creating new jobs and more affordable housing on the former Gedling Colliery site.
“It will also provide a bypass link to the east of Gedling, helping to create journey time savings and other benefits worth at least £73m.
“A public inquiry is set to start on 11 June to consider objections to the legal orders relating to the Gedling Access Road – if they have not been resolved by that point.
“The start of the road’s construction is dependent on the outcome of the public inquiry, but we are aiming to start the main works at the beginning of next year (2020) with an expected completion date during 2021.
If all objections get resolved, there are opportunities to bring construction dates forward.
He added: “We have already carried out drainage works on site last year and more drainage work will take place over the summer, which is in line with current planning permissions and is not affected by the public inquiry.
“Likewise, ecology mitigation construction works started on Monday 15 April, which includes the building of a bat house on land at Glebe Farm, Lambley Lane, to make up for the loss of the derelict buildings at this location.”