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Fairham Pastures FAQs

Where is Fairham Pastures?

Fairham Pastures is the new name for approximately 244 hectares of land identified in Rushcliffe’s Local Plan as Land South of Clifton. It is immediately adjacent to and boarders the City Council’s Clifton settlement in the north, the newly dualled A453 (Remembrance Way) to the west and has open country-side to the south and east of the proposed site.

What does the outline planning application for Fairham Pastures cover?

The outline application for Fairham Pastures includes a residential development up to a maximum of 3000 dwellings; employment developments up to 100,000sqm; retail development up to 2,500sqm; community buildings; leisure uses; a primary school; gypsy and traveller pitches; access to the site; new roads; footpaths and cycleways; green infrastructure including new community park; ancillary infrastructure and groundworks.

What is an outline planning application?

An application for outline planning permission allows for a decision on the general principles of how a site can be developed. Outline planning permission is granted subject to conditions requiring the subsequent approval of one or more ‘reserved matters’. If the development of this site is agreed in principle, then further planning applications will need to be submitted relating to different areas of the development and containing more specific details about the number, size, layout and design of individual properties, as well as details of the landscaping of the site.

How will necessary infrastructure be secured?

Infrastructure such as schools, health provision, highway improvements and leisure facilities will be secured by a legal agreement between the Borough Council and applicants or developer. This may be through the provision of land and/or financial contributions to cover the cost of such infrastructure or necessary off site work such as highway improvements.

When will it be built?

A site of this size will take approximately 15 years to fully develop – this is very dependent on a number of factors over which the Borough Council and developer have no control (for example, the condition of the housing market or economy). The Council has no influence on how quickly the houses are built. However, the Council is working with the developers to identify and encourage new businesses to the area as this will influence what is built on the employment site.

How will the new development link with the existing roads?

If approved, there will be three points of access to the site, the two existing points of access from Nottingham Road, to the north and south of the site, and a new point of access from the road linking the A453 Mill Hill roundabout in the north-west corner of the site to the NET Park and Ride site.

What is being done to protect the countryside?

The developers have placed a high value on the presence of trees, hedges and green spaces in this development. The initial drawings contained in the outline application suggest tree-lined avenues with grass verges within the development and significant woodland area and green open spaces towards the outer edges. The open countryside to the south and east of the development will remain as open countryside by virtue of it being protected greenbelt land.

What about schools, doctors and other local facilities?

The proposals include provision for a new primary school and secondary school pupils would be accommodated at an expanded East Leake Academy or other local schools. There are also plans for suitable health facilities within the main shopping area at the centre of the development and a community hall with changing facilities near the proposed sports fields.

What sort of housing will there be?

The outline planning application suggests a good 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 the level of affordable housing if possible.

Why is the level of affordable housing so low?

In essence, affordable housing comes at a cost to the developer as they cannot recover as much of their costs as from an open market property sold at full value. The Council is working hard to gain additional grant funding for infrastructure projects which will enable the developer to invest more money in affordable housing rather than the infrastructure needed to get the site off the ground.

How have the local community been consulted?

Consultation has been carried out in accordance with legislative requirements and the Council’s adopted Statement of Community Involvement. As well as statutory consultees, individual letters of notification were sent to all households in Barton in Fabis, Gotham and Thrumpton, all residents of Lark Hill Village and properties to the south of Farnborough Road in Clifton plus the local schools and community facilities. All comments have been considered and are summarised in the planning report.

Who will make the decision on the application?

The application will be considered by the Council’s Planning Committee which comprises of 11 Borough Councillors.

Why has this site been chosen?

The site has previously been identified through the Borough Council’s Local Plan to deliver housing in an area which is considered to be sustainable due to its location adjacent to the existing built up area with good transport links, including the recently dualled A453.

When will the tram be extended in to the site?

The extension of the tram will require significant external investment and it is not possible at the present to say when the tram might be extended.  However, a route through the site is to be safeguarded to facilitate the extension of the tram at some point in the future.

What sort of jobs and how many jobs are anticipated?

The Borough Council is keen to ensure that the scheme delivers a mix of employment uses, including 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). The information submitted with the application suggests that the employment land will create around 3000 jobs.  In addition, there will be job creation in the local centre and work and economic benefits generated through the construction of the development.

Is further development proposed beyond the site?

The area beyond the site to the west, south and east is designated as Green Belt. There are no current proposals to extend the site further.