A blueprint for development that declares 2,350 new homes should be built in Eastwood, Kimberley, Brinsley and Awsworth has been rubberstamped by a government inspector.
The controversial plan, otherwise known as the ‘core strategy’, says 1,250 houses in Eastwood, 600 in Kimberley, 350 in Awsworth and 150 in Brinsley should be built by 2028.
After months of analysing the plan, which was submitted after a lengthy consultation, inspector Jill Kingaby concluded it ‘provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the area over the next 14 years and is sound’.
But while the decision has been welcomed by some, including the leader of Eastwood Town Council, others have hit out.
There is particular concern that some of the new housing is planned for the Greenbelt.
Darren Warner, chairman of Kimberley Residents’ Association (KRA) fears the town will be “swallowed up”.
The strategy has been jointly formed by Broxtowe and Gedling borough councils and Nottingham City Council.
It sets out how the councils intend to address issues such as the provision of new homes, climate change and providing new jobs and infrastructure in a way that minimises the impact on the environment.
Broxtowe Borough Council will consider the inspector’s recommendations at a meeting in September with a view to formally adopt the plans.
Broxtowe Council leader, Cllr Milan Radulovic, said they had worked and want residents of the areas to support the council in the decision.
He said: “The message is simple, we have looked at the long-term areas for strategic growth and people should accept the plans now and work with us.
“Our strategy provides for sustainable housing and employment growth with the infrastructure to maintain it, which will enable us to secure a future for generations to come.
“We want people to start to work with us to make the developments the best they can be.”
Eastwood Town Council’s leader, Cllr David Bagshaw, supports the decision to build 1,250 houses in Eastwood and Greasley and has already looked at potential sites including on Walker Street and Newmanleys Road.
He said: “I think we have the land for new development and the construction would be over quite a number of years so I can’t see it having a great effect.
“It will create lots of new jobs and if it did become a problem in terms of schools then we would look at building a new school.
“Building these new houses will lead to a community that is confident and content.”
But Kimberley Residents’ Association, which sent a statement of objection to the inspector, says 600 new houses would place stress on the infrastructure of Kimberley.
Chairman Darren Warner said: “Kimberley could be set for huge changes and we believe that 600 houses is a massive step change.
“The Victorian road infrastructure was not designed to take a huge volume of traffic and the town amenities have shrunk in the last 20 years.
“We want to hold on to the identity of our town and we can just see Kimberley being swallowed up.”
Mr Warner explained that these plans would mean almost a 25 per cent increase in the number of houses in Kimberley within 15 years even though it had taken 1,000 years for the current number of dwellings to reach 2,700.
He added: “We will continue to fight the plans, especially Greenbelt development.”