Planning permission sought for distinctive new community in Rushcliffe
17 January 2018
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Planning Committee will make a long awaited decision about the application for new homes and employment units at Fairham Pastures, previously identified as Land South of Clifton, on Thursday 25 January 2018. This is a key development site identified in Rushcliffe’s Local Plan and part of the requirement to deliver 13,500 new homes in the Borough over the next ten years.
The outline application, submitted in July 2014, includes up to 3000 new homes; 100,000sqm of employment land generating in excess of 2500 new jobs; provision for new shops, community buildings and a new primary school. As well as sports pitches, a destination park, childrens’ play areas, community park and woodland, the application also makes provision for four gypsy and traveller pitches.
The proposed site has excellent transport links being situated just off the recently dualled A453 (Remembrance Way), with Nottingham City Centre, East Midlands Airport, and the M1 within 15 minutes, and East Midlands Parkway within 10 minutes of the site. The area also benefits from the newly extended tram route and Park and Ride situated to the northern edge of the proposal.
The outline application asks Councillors to decide upon the principles of development and sets the parameters within which more detailed planning applications can be made in the future.
The aim is to deliver a distinctive, high quality, modern development which enhances the local area and provides much needed housing and jobs for local people. The proposed 3000 new properties will be a mix of one to five bedroom homes delivered in a range of complementary styles from linked townhouses to detached properties. The developers are keen to include a number of apartments and bungalows if further research indicates a need in these areas. Affordable housing levels, with a mix of Affordable Rent and Shared Ownership, have been set at a minimum of 10% but talks are ongoing to raise this level if possible.
The 100,000sqm of employment land will be a mix of light industrial or office space, general industry and storage and distribution uses. The focus will be on attracting new business to the area (providing additional opportunities for local people) and the final number of business premises, their size and design will depend upon the businesses attracted to the area.
It is hoped, that if approved, this application will go a long way to demonstrating a viable five year land supply. At present, the Borough Council cannot do this and as a result a number of developments in other areas have been approved at appeal on unallocated sites.
To view the plans and documents go to the Planning Online website and enter application reference 14/01417/OUT