Aims and benefits
The primary objective of the GAR is that it will enable the sustainable redevelopment of the former Gedling Colliery / Chase Farm site and adjoining land for mixed-use purposes by providing safe and adequate access to the proposed residential, employment and community related uses proposed for the site.
The secondary objective of the GAR is that it will also provide a 'bypass' link to the east of Gedling, linking the area with the wider road network and consequently Nottingham City Centre.
The transport user benefit appraisal for GAR indicates that journey time savings and other safety and efficiency benefits are worth at least £73million, and this generates a benefit to cost ratio (BCR) of 2.4 against the total scheme costs.
The new access road will enable the sustainable redevelopment of the former Gedling Colliery / Chase Farm brownfield site, which has been redundant since the colliery closed in 1991.
To construct the new road a small proportion of Gedling Country Park will be required. However this land will be replaced with a larger area of neighbouring land. Therefore the country park will increase in size as a result of the scheme.
The redevelopment is for mixed use including of residential, employment and community related uses and includes:
- up to 1,050 residential dwellings
- B1 (office) and B2 (light industrial) buildings
- a local centre with shops
- access to Gedling Country Park.
Planning permission for the residential development on the former Gedling Colliery / Chase Farm site was determined in May 2016 by Gedling Borough Council and permission granted in March 2017. Construction commenced on the first phase of housing in Spring 2017.
The housing developer is Keepmoat Homes Ltd. It is the intention to deliver the development over three phases. Work has already started on the first phase (1a) of the development which includes 315 new homes. This is the maximum number of homes that can be constructed without the GAR being in place. The second phase (1b) will take the number of homes up to 506. The final phase (2) has outline planning permission and will see the site completed with associated facilities in place.
Gedling village bypass
The A6211 between Mapperley Plains and Colwick Loop Road in Gedling has been subject to an increasing amount of traffic and is one of the most heavily used roads in the region, carrying over 15,000 vehicles a day.
The GAR will provide a safer and less congested and faster route for this through traffic.
The existing route will remain to provide a quieter route for local traffic, buses, cyclists and pedestrians. Upon completion of the GAR, the new road will become the A6211 and the existing route will be declassified.
It is also intended to reduce the speed limit on Arnold Lane and introduce a 7.5t Environmental Weight Limit (EWL) on Burton Road, Shearing Hill and Arnold Lane.
GAR is part of a wider package of sustainable transport measures for the area.
There is provision for non-motorised users by means of a shared footway / cycleway facility for pedestrians and cyclists along the length of the GAR. This will intersect with existing walking / cycling infrastructure at key locations.
Pedestrian crossing points will also be provided across the GAR to enable the public access to land to Gedling Country Park.
An extensive air quality assessment was undertaken as part of the Environmental Statement for the planning application 2014/0915. The overall assessment indicates that the scheme has a net benefit in terms of exposure to nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, with 95% of properties within 200m of the roads affected by the new road predicted to experience a reduction in exposure to nitrogen dioxide.