Traffic and environment fears amid plans for new £30m road in Toton

Following on from our earlier update from Notts County Council, Nottinghamshire Live have published:

Residents have raised concerns over the impact to the environment and potential “gridlock” as plans for a new £30m road to link thousands of homes took a step forward.

The development was unanimously voted through during a Nottinghamshire County Council meeting on Wednesday, July 28, and would link the A52 to Toton Lane via a new road running through the Baulk Lane area (as shown on the map below).

It will come as part of the so-called Toton and Chetwynd Barracks Masterplan, which aims to connect old and new communities via new transport links, housing and jobs over the next 20 years.

Chetwynd Barracks, which was sold in 2016, is set to close in 2024 and potentially become a housing development.

It is proposed up to 4,500 homes could be built in the area as well as a new leisure centre, a relocated school and, if given the green-light by the Government, the HS2 hub at Toton Sidings.

While current plans are seeking to create 84,000 jobs and add £4.8bn to the regional economy, many people who live and visit the area expressed their opposition.

Jess Highfield, 29, of Chilwell, who was walking her dog, Charlie, in the fields where the new road is proposed, told Nottinghamshire Live: “The attitude is that they have an excuse then to build more houses.

“From speaking to people it seems quite strange because there is already a link between the A52 and Toton Lane.

“Lots of us walk our dogs here. Where would I go now to let him walk? We do not have that many green areas like this left.”

A map of where the new link road has been planned, on top of a new tram extension if HS2 Phase 2b goes ahead (Image: Google/Nottingham Post)

Click to read more of local views and for a walking tour of the area affected see a video uploaded to Facebook by Nottinghamshire Live.

The fields in the Baulk Lane area where the new link road is planned (Image: Nottingham Post)
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10 Comments

    1. How so? The Stapleford border for ward, town & parish is at the A52. And has been for decades.

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      1. I have always understood that the boundary between Toton and Stapleford i s further along Toton Lane beyond the A52 to where the road name changes to Stapleford Lane and the Tram terminus is Toton Lane Stapleford and not in Toton. The Gregory Rose gardens were always known to me as being in Stapleford.

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      2. @Peter Chatfield: Maps of the Stapleford electoral wards, town council, civic parish, neighbourhood plan & ecclesiastical parish all show the border at the A52. I suggest that Toton Lane/Stapleford Lane ceased to be the border in 1935, when Toton & Stapleford were unparished and absorbed into Beeston. The A52 was built in 1964, but there may have been an earlier road. When Stapleford town & civic parish council was formed in 1987, the A52 was defined as the border (& was already deemed to be the border). The ecclesiastical parish border was moved to the A52 in 2020. The road names are an artifact and can be changed by application to the district council.
        (I write this from memory, without fact checking. Finding errors can be an exercise for the reader.)

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    2. Ricahrd, do you support this new road? If so can you explain the need for the section from the A52 to Toton Lane. Given that the A52 is already a dual carriageway, surely the better option would be to improve the Bardhills round about and if necessary widen the section of Toton Lane to where the new road would intersect. If the new road is built then the rest of that green land will disappear as infill happens.

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      1. The north-south road from the A52 to the barracks is to access the development at the barracks. The west-east road across Toton Lane is to access the developments west & east of Toton Lane. The land to the west of Baulk Lane will be developed.
        None of these developments are needed by either HS2 or the Local Plan. Nearly all of Toton’s green belt was sacrificed to bring HS2 to Toton. The opportunity for property development was a key factor in siting the HS2 stations.

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      2. The planning application for the land west of Toton Lane/Stapleford Lane was required by the council to include a wide enough corridor to facilitate the tram line extension due west from the P&R, across to the white elephant (HS2 station). What has changed and what justification is there for a less logical (and slower) tram route that turns north from the P&R site to the A52, follows the A52 west for a short distance, then turns south to get to the Toton Sidings area?
        Has the council done a deal with the landowner which allows the landowner to instead build on what was a safeguarded tram route? The revised tram route now indicated seems to make little sense.
        The new link road from the A52 (between Bardills and Sherwin Arms) down to Inham Nook will without a shadow of a doubt result in the release of all the surrounding land (green belt) for development. Experience shows this to be inevitable, yet the council has resisted all attempts to develop this land for literally decades. What has changed?
        And what happens if/when the HS2 Eastern Leg to Toton and beyond is scrapped?

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      3. @RichHartman: The new tramline cuts through the school grounds, HS2’s road from the A52 to the station (not shown) and the sewage works, so I assume it’s an error. But who knows?
        The rumour is that Nottinghamshire CC has bought the north half of the land between the sidings and Toton Lane for £20 million as land speculation. It’s certainly Notts CC that’s pushing this development. Normally developers have to pay for the roads to their developments, but here the CC is asking the government to pay.
        If HS2 Phase2B is cancelled as rumoured, the development will proceed. Hence, the road. This is the next Local Plan brought forward. Which brings us to the land east of Toton Lane.
        Just my thoughts.

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  1. There seems to be different maps of the proposed link road in circulation. I assume the one displayed in the article posted on 28th July is from the Toton and Chetwynd Barracks Strategic Masterplan and is accurate one? The productive farmland north of the tram line is green belt. That may not prevent the link road from being built but it will require Broxtowe Borough Council to change the green belt boundaries before this area could be developed further. We received assurances from our councillors just last year not to be unduly worried on this front.

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    1. @Michael Lyons: Yes, the tramline was deemed to be a defensible border. And roads can be built through Green Belt.
      But I’ve found that Green Belt Reviews are more political than objective. The land west of Baulk Lane is imperilled given the adjacent development. Baulk Lane may act as a defensible border to stop development spreading east for now.
      The purpose of the new Development Corporation is to push through development and it will assume the responsibility for planning applications, etc. It may take an interest in this land.
      Just my thoughts.

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