Housing plan sparks A610 traffic fears

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A PLANNING application has been submitted to build 139 houses in Nuthall and councillors are questioning whether the surrounding area can cope with the extra traffic.

Councillors said it was early days and surveys needed to be looked at, but said it was likely the application would attract opposition because of the heavy congestion already at nearby Nuthall Island.

The development is off Low Wood Road in front of the old Hempshill Hall Farm and would consist mainly of detached three and four bedroom homes if it went ahead.

Nuthall parish councillor Phillip Owen said: “There will be a general concern on traffic flow around the Nuthall roundabout, which is immediately opposite.

“I don’t think it will effect people directly in terms of being overlooked because there’s no houses nearby, but the issue will be whether the road infrastructure is able to support the additional transport.”

Cllr Owen said Nuthall Parish Council would hold a meeting next Monday to look at the final draft proposal, and then the council would need to ascertain whether residents were opposed to it.

Cllr Paul Simpson, who represents the Nuthall East and Strelley ward where the development would be, said: “Any new housing is always unfortunate and is going to create more congestion. That’s inevitable.

“I am always concerned about extra traffic on the Nuthall Island, but at the same time there’s a great need for additional housing.

“You are always between a rock and a hard place with these things.”

Cllr Simspon said at least the development consisted of large houses, and was not a huge development attracting more vehicles.

“It’s probably better having few larger houses rather than an intensive development of smaller houses which would attract even more houses,” he said.

There will be a formal public consultation held by Broxtowe Borough Council over the coming weeks.