New housing development plans for Eastwood need a 'rethink' says council leader

Plans to build a housing estate at the site of a former Eastwood primary school are ‘poor’ and ‘need a rethink’ says leader of Broxtowe Borough Council.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 1:28 pm

The site has been allocated for new housing in Broxtowe Borough Council's local plan and up to 110 homes and 60 assisted living apartments are hoped to be built on land off Lynncroft and Walker Street.

However concerns have been raised in terms of increased traffic and access to the development.

Coun Milan Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council and a member of a Eastwood Town Council, said: “I have many concerns regarding the application for housing in the proposals.

New homes are proposed on former site of Lynncroft Primary School, Eastwood.

"The access and egress is totally inadequate for the size and scale of the development leading to a loss of amenity for local people and cause traffic problems that could potentially have fatal consequences.

"I am also concerned that this is a piecemeal application that does not include proposals for the whole site so that a considered judgement can be made.

"I am very disappointed the way this has been submitted without any real attempt to consult on something that would have major implications on local residents who live in the proximity but would also compromise our wider aspirations for a redevelopment that would help to underpin our wider Eastwood regeneration proposals.

"It is in my opinion a poorly thought out application, the design of which is at best, poor and needs a total rethink.

"We are aware that another part of the site would be separately developed by a new entrance off Walker street, I find it incredible that professional officers could make such a bad application without even consulting local elected members and can therefore only presume that the county council is operating under instruction for members who know nothing about the area.”

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire County Council said: "The county council believes that the proposed scheme provides an excellent proposal looking to meet housing demand, bringingforward a long-vacant site for sustainable development.

"The access junctions currently being built recently received planning consent with traffic issues having been carefully considered as part of that process.

"The planning applications are the next step in bringing housing development forward on the site.

"It would be intended that the council will market the site to housing developers with the benefit of the outline planning consent currently being sought later this year with potential for building to commence before the end of the year.

"The homes that will result will have the potential to provide both a mix of house types and apartments for first-time buyers and families and a mix of private and affordable homes. The apartments could meet the needs of the older demographic in the area."