D-Day looms over £15m sport village is a ‘golden pportunity’

A decision on whether a 50 acre sports village costing £15 million should be built at Nuthall will be made next week.

Broxtowe Borough Council’s development control committee will meet next Wednesday, July 17, to make a decision on the Oxylane Village development, proposed for land off the Eastwood bypass.

The plans have caused a stir locally with many being against the site being built on the greenbelt land, but Kimberley councillior Richard Robinson says it was a ‘once in a life time opportunity’.

“It’s ‘an opportunity not to be missed,” he said.

“It’s a state of the art leisure faciltity and a once in a life time opportunity. It’s too good to turn down.”

The sports village is based on a French model and would be the first of its kind in the UK.

The £15m site would include netball and tennis courts and provision for football, cycling and indoor work-outs. There would be a Decathlon store and changing facilities.

Cllr Robinson said it was the ‘most positive development in Broxtowe for years’.

“It’s 200 new jobs, including apprenticeships, and it’s the first site of its kind in the whole country,” he added.

“It’s also building on the back of the Olympic legacy and it means new opportunities for families.”

But many people say it is not ‘appropriate development’ for greenbelt land and an already bad traffic problem would be made even worse.