Facilities needed for 1,000 homes

Top Wighay Farm development site, views from farm and bypass.
Top Wighay Farm development site, views from farm and bypass.

A Hucknall councillor wants Gedling and Nottinghamshire county councils to reveal how they will provide the facilities needed to support 1,000 new homes in the town.

Coun Ben Bradley says the authorities’ approval for new homes at Top Wighay and north of Papplewick Lane in Linby - the first phase of a development that will eventually see around 1,000 homes being built - will affect the entire town, with Hucknall North residents hit the hardest.

Councillor Ben Bradley, Hucknall North

Councillor Ben Bradley, Hucknall North

He said: “I’m concerned that by selling off land at Top Wighay in small chunks, they will never get enough money together to put the required facilities in place before hundreds of people have already moved in.

“We all know that needs to happen before the housing or it will be too late.

“Representatives from County Hall suggested they might be willing to put in some money up front to make that happen, and I’ll work with my colleagues and our local MP to push them for that investment. It needs to come from somewhere, and it needs to come soon!”

Ian Brearley, team manager for estates and strategy at the county council, said they would ‘work closely with colleagues’ at Gedling ‘to ensure that the all necessary infrastructure is provided when it is required.’

He said: “Releasing the land in phases over the next seven to ten years will ensure the local housing market is not flooded, which could have a negative impact on property values.”

A spokesperson for Gedling council said: “There are mechanisms in place to ensure that landowners and developers make appropriate provision for supporting infrastructure through Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 agreements, which are guided by the Aligned Core Strategy Policy 18: Infrastructure and the Greater Nottingham Infrastructure Delivery Plan.”