A local councillor has described plans for a new village on the outskirts of Nuthall as ‘horrendous’.
Cllr Phillip Owen said the scheme to build more than 700 houses, shops and a community centre on land between Mornington Crescent and the M1 is a ‘horrendous prospect for the area’.
Cllr Philip Owen said not only is the land greenbelt, but the new village would cause traffic chaos and Nuthall’s schools would not cope with the extra children.
“It will generate a huge amount of extra traffic on the already over-loaded roads, particularly at the Nuthall roundabout,” he said.
“There’s no mention of a school. Mornington Primary School is full, as is Horsendale, so where are the kids going to go? With a development that size, there should be a new school.”
Cllr Owen said the proposed village – called Temple Park – would be on ‘some of the most important greenbelt’ that stops Nuthall merging with neighbouring towns and villages.
Cllr Owen is now arranging a public meeting about the plans in the new year, and also wants to meet with Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry.
The mixed-use scheme will incorporate 734 two, three, four and five bedroom properties and about 11 hectares of open space will provide village greens, children’s play areas and nature reserves.
Developers Wrenbridge Land and Hortons’ Estates Limited said the site would give first time buyers more choice and provide an option for families looking to upgrade to something bigger.
The scheme will also make good use of land not currently contributing to the local community, they said.
A public exhibition will be held between 2pm and 7pm at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel in Nottingham Business Park on Friday December 14. A planning application will be submitted in January.
A spokesman for Temple Park said: “The proposals for Temple Park are by no means finalised, which is why we’re inviting local residents to comment on the proposals over the coming weeks.
“The event on 14th December is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the proposal, and to provide their feedback on areas which would most benefit the community.
“These comments will all be taken into consideration ahead of the final planning application being submitted in the new year.”
But Cllr Owen said the preservation of greenbelt was or paramount importance for the area and individual communities.
“The significance of greenbelt is it preserves coalescence of communities,” he said.
“I think there will be considerable hostility about these plans and I would be amazed if any councillors who represent the area are in favour.
“I think there will be huge opposition.”
The website www.templeparkvillage.co.uk will launch early December and will offer more information to residents.