The campaign to get the Nottingham tram to Kimberley has moved a step closer after a Government planning inspector gave the idea the thumbs up.
Planning inspector Mrs K Ellison’s comments came in a ruling on an appeal by a developer which wants to build homes on the phase three route, linking Phoenix Park with Kimberley.
She wrote in the report: “I consider that the potential extension to Kimberley should be regarded as both desirable and enjoying reasonable prospects of being brought forward.”
Mrs Ellison added that there was enough room for a tram to travel along residential streets in the development, known as Hempshill Hall.
The Kimberley Eastwood and Nuthall Tram Action Group, has been campaigning for an extension from Phoenix Park since 2009.
Chairman Andy Cooper said: “It’s definitely a boost to the campaign.
“But there are quite a few areas in Nottingham hoping for the next phase of the tram. The group is hoping to fund a feasibility study into the route this year.
“This area is crying out for regeneration - it’s a neglected area,” said Mr Cooper.
“Not only that it would cut down on traffic congestion - the Nuthall island on the A610 is a nightmare.”
But not everyone in the town supports the possible extension.
Roy Plumb, who owns a hardware store in the town’s James Street, said it was more likely to take shoppers out to Nottingham.
“Apart from improving the traffic situation, I can’t see any benefits for the town,” he said.
Phase two of the tram is currently being built and will serve Clifton, Beeston and Toton via Nottingham city centre.
The £570m project should be completed by the end of this year.
Suggested future extension routes in the past have included to Toton, Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Gedling.