Press release issued on behalf of Broxtowe Borough Council & East Midlands Development Corporation
Ambitious plans for the future are unveiled: Green spaces, transport, jobs and housing – Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire residents invited to give their views
Ambitious plans to create jobs, housing and transport links, connecting old and new communities on the borders of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire over the next 20 years will be unveiled on Monday 1 November 2021.
Residents around Toton, Chilwell, Stapleford, Sandiacre and Long Eaton, as well as the surrounding areas, are being asked by Broxtowe Borough Council for their views on a Strategic Masterplan for the development of the area. The consultation will run until Monday 13 December.
The scheduled closure of the historic Chetwynd Barracks in 2024 and any proposed transport works around the potential Toton East Midlands Hub, provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to map out the future for the area, create cycle pathways, green spaces, new schools, healthcare facilities and modern communities, which offer affordable and carbon neutral homes.
Leaflets will be sent to over 80,000 residents over the coming weeks asking for their views. People can view the plans and leave their comments in a ‘virtual’ display room https://toton-and-chetwynd.virtual-engage.com/
The proposals for Toton and Chetwynd also form part of an ambitious long-term vision for the future of the regional economy which is being developed under the banner of the proposed East Midlands Development Corporation.
The vision will see coordinated development around Toton and Chetwynd, Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station and East Midlands Airport, with the aim of creating 84,000 jobs and adding £4.8bn to the value of the regional economy.
The Masterplan has been developed over the last four years with Nottinghamshire County Council, supported by Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.
In May 2018, Broxtowe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council (supported by Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council) created a Strategic Masterplan for Toton and Chetwynd Barracks. The Strategic Masterplan sets a framework to guide the future development of the two sites.
A pre-consultation ran for six weeks in October 2020 to gather early views on the Masterplan from the community, businesses and stakeholders. 80,000 people submitted their views which have been carefully considered and incorporated into the latest plans.
The Strategic Masterplan must be approved by Broxtowe Borough Council. Once it has been approved it will become a supplementary planning document, which means it will be used by the Council to make decisions about planning applications for the sites.
The purpose of the Strategic Masterplan is to establish:
· A vision and key principles for the two sites.
· Locations for different land uses and design principles for future development.
· The roads, public transport, walking, cycling and open space networks needed to support development.
· New community facilities (schools, healthcare facilities, retail provision) required.
· Phasing of development and infrastructure so that they come forward together, and at the right time. Anyone can submit their views by logging on to https://virtualengage.arup.com/toton-masterplan/
What is this consultation about?
The Toton and Chetwynd Masterplan includes ambitious plans to create jobs, housing and transport links, connecting old and new communities on the borders of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire over the next 20 years. It will help revitalise and connect communities in Toton, Chilwell, Stapleford, Sandiacre and Long Eaton, as well as the surrounding areas.
It’s important that local people who already live in the area have their say because the Strategic Masterplan sets a framework for future planning decisions about housing, roads and other transport connections, or the building of healthcare, leisure or shopping facilities.
So – if someone wants to build these things in the future, it will need to fit in with those plans.
What are the benefits?
While Chetwynd Barracks is scheduled to close, it offers the opportunity for major developments. The initial plans include the development of cycle pathways, green spaces, new schools, healthcare facilities and modern communities which offer affordable and carbon neutral homes in the area.
he wider developments include other aspects of development elsewhere. There are other major growth opportunities at Ratcliffe Power Station and East Midlands Airport, as well as the Toton Interchange. The combined plans have the potential to create up to 84,000 jobs and 4,500 homes.
Combined, the sites are the size of three Olympic Parks which will include:
• The development of a ‘green village’ at Toton and the Chetwynd Barracks site which will bring thousands of new homes and jobs
• Activities centred on developing market-ready net zero carbon manufacturing skills and technologies on the site of Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station site
• A trade boosting Freeport centred on East Midlands Airport the largest pure air freight airport in the UK.
Is this just for residents in Toton and Chilwell?
The ambitions and plans cover a much bigger area. This is not just about those areas directly affected by developments. Job creation and connectivity will have positive affects across the whole of Broxtowe stretching from Toton up to Kimberley and Eastwood, across to Long Eaton, Sandiacre and beyond.
What is the Masterplan?
The purpose of the Strategic Masterplan is to establish:
• A vision and key principles for the two sites.
• Locations for different land uses and design principles for future development.
• The roads, public transport, walking, cycling and open space networks needed to support development.
• New community facilities (schools, healthcare facilities, retail provision) required.
• Phasing of development and infrastructure so that they come forward together, and at the right time.
How does this fit in with the Chetwynd: Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Plan?
The Neighbourhood Plan is separate but will be an important document which will shape development in the local area for the next 20 years. We are working closely with the Neighbourhood Forum to ensure the Masterplan is closely aligned with the Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed: https://cttcnf.org.uk/plan/
There are plans by the Ministry of Defence to close the Chetwynd Barracks by 2024, similarly the Government says it intends to develop the Toton hub station. We need to be ready to make the most of these developments, protecting our landscape and heritage whilst also creating communities for the future.
Does this mean building work is starting straight away?
No, there are no immediate scheduled works, this is about providing a framework for future works and what we expect to see from developments.
What if the HS2 hub station doesn’t go ahead at Toton – will we still need a link road?
Regardless of whether the HS2 hub station is approved, the link road will be essential in relieving the peak time traffic pressure that builds around the A52 Bardill’s Island. It will also mean that better and safer cycle connections can be built in and around the area.
Why launch a consultation without knowing the outcome of the Integrated Rail Plan?
Regardless of national priorities and timescales, our local area needs to have a Masterplan to allow development to happen in a constructive, sensible manner. Any additional funding or improvements to transport would be welcomed in the area as it allows communities to be better connected as well as attract investment and jobs.
What will happen after the consultation ends?
If this is about increasing the number of homes will the amount of traffic go up?
The purpose of the Masterplan is to create ‘phasing’ so that when developments happen, such as new homes, the things communities need like new roads, cycle ways or even schools and GP surgeries, they are done in a way which reduces any potentially negative impact on residents.
If there are more people living here will we need more school places?
Existing primary and secondary schools in the area surrounding Toton and Chetwynd Barracks are at capacity. New schools will therefore need to be provided. We have calculated that the 4,500 new homes proposed will create a demand for two new primary schools: one at Toton and one at Chetwynd Barracks. The primary schools will be delivered at the rate required to meet the need for school places arising from the new homes.
Work to-date suggests one primary school will be required by 2028 when it is expected that up to 1,300 homes will be built across the two sites.
Additional secondary school capacity for around 950 pupils will also be required. Discussions will take place with the George Spencer Academy (the existing secondary school in the Strategic Masterplan Area) and the Local Education Authority to establish how this level of demand can best be accommodated. These discussions will need to ensure that the solution chosen is viable, cost-effective, and provides a good educational setting for pupils. The timing of the new secondary school capacity will be linked to the delivery of new development.
Will we need more GP surgeries?
Similar to schools, we would work with those organisations who are responsible for healthcare (such as the Clinical Commissioning Groups) to ensure we inform them of population changes and they can provide additional provision if required.
Existing doctor’s surgeries in the area surrounding Toton and Chetwynd Barracks are at capacity. A new surgery will need to be provided by 2028, which we propose to locate in Chetwynd Barracks. This will enable the surgery to serve existing and new residents.
Why are the Chetwynd Barracks closing?
In 2016 the Government made an announcement that 26 Ministry of Defence sites would close across the country, including Chetwynd, as part of plans to reduce the land it owns and has to manage. https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/chetwynd-barracks-facing-closure-under-164436
Will the heritage of the Barracks be preserved (for example the Munition Factory Memorial)?
The Nottinghamshire barracks have been a major part of our community for many decades and we would work with the community, the Ministry of Defence and others to ensure its heritage is preserved.
Will this mean decades of road and building work?
The Masterplan allows for phases of building works over many years to minimise the impact on residents.
Will it mean green spaces are built upon?
We want to preserve our existing green spaces but also enhance them wherever possible. At the moment, cycle and pathways for example are severed by roads and other developments. Our ambition is to create award winning spaces such as the Attenborough Nature Reserve and the Erewash Trail and connect our path and cycleways, rivers and canals.