Green light for Gedling to plan thousands of controversial homes on edge of Hucknall

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Despite fierce objections and a community-backed campaign to fight Gedling Borough Council’s plans to allow thousands of homes to be built on the Hucknall boundary, a government inspector has given it the go-ahead.

The Planning Inspector examining Gedling Borough Council’s Aligned Core Strategy has now reported her findings and said the plans are ‘sound’ and rubber-stamped it.

This means that fields at Top Wighay could now be transformed into a huge housing estate with 1,000 homes earmarked for the site, an application to build 300 homes at land north of Papplewick Lane can now go-ahead and Bestwood Village can take up to 500 homes.

The Aligned Core Strategy has been prepared jointly by Gedling Borough Council, Broxtowe Borough Council and Nottingham City Council and sets out the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and the strategic policies for the borough of Gedling up to 2028.

Objections in the Dispatch district to the strategy were raised over the loss of green belt land, the environmental impact and the lack of infrastructure.

A campaign group was set up called Brownfield First to fight the plans and included many residents from Papplewick, Linby and Hucknall.

Ashfield District Council also had concerns over their neighbouring council’s strategy because of the impact it would have on the delivery of its services but the inspector has dismissed these objections.

“We are pleased that the Inspector has said that our Aligned Core Strategy is sound, it is the culmination of several years of work, including many consultation events, the last of which generated over 1,600 responses,” said John Clarke, Leader of Gedling Borough Council.

“This puts the council in the driving seat as we have an up-to-date plan, rather than reacting to planning applications as they come in. It gives us certainty for the future and will help us to generate the new housing growth that Gedling needs, in the right places and with the infrastructure to support it.”

It is hoped that the Core Strategy will be formally adopted at the meeting of its council on 10th September.

The Aligned Core Strategy is the strategic part one of the Local Plan for the borough. Officers are now working on part two of the Local Plan and will consult on the publication draft in the winter.

This document will be more specific, and will ‘fill in’ the gaps in the detail of the more strategic Aligned Core Strategy.

The final version of the Aligned Core Strategies and supporting documents are available on the shared website