Bid for £40m ‘Levelling Up’ Link Road Confirmed

The Toton Link Road will be a new one-mile single-carriageway spinal road which stretches from the A52 (T) east of Bardills roundabout , then continuing southwards and crossing the NET tram with additional spurs to the south to connect to the site of Chetwynd Barracks and on to Toton Lane NET tram terminus , continuing westwards via an attractive, multi-modal boulevard , connecting finally with Stapleford Lane.

Nottinghamshire County Council Media Release:

Nottinghamshire County Council is preparing a bid worth approximately £40m to fund the planned Toton Link Road as part of the government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda. 

It follows the council formally taking the key decision to apply to the Levelling Up Fund for the multi-million-pound sum needed to build the ‘transformative’ road, which would unlock jobs, housing and business growth.

Plans for the link road were rubber-stamped by county councillors last year – with pre-construction work already underway – but it is hoped that a solid bid to the Levelling Up Fund will lead to the government fully financing it. A decision is expected in October.

Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Ben Bradley MP, said: “The Toton Link Road is a transformative project – the council will be putting a strong, clear case to government for the £40m needed to construct the road from the Levelling Up Fund. 

“The ripple effect of the Toton Link Road will be huge, including being an attractive asset for the development of homes and commercial space in our county.

“It will play a vital role in Nottinghamshire’s economic future by unlocking vital job, housing and investment opportunities in the years to come.

“I know big picture transport schemes are critical to levelling up plans – I’m hoping that the Toton Link Road will fit the government’s ambitious agenda, and we will secure funding for this major infrastructure project here in Nottinghamshire.”  

In its application to the Levelling Up Fund, the council will outline how the new, multi-connected boulevard will make a direct contribution to Nottinghamshire’s economic growth. 

This will include boosting local transport, with the link road planned to be built alongside the A52 and M1, giving direct access to the NET tram network and the potential new Network Rail station at Toton outlined in the Integrated Rail Plan. 

Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Asset Management, Councillor Keith Girling, says the council will be submitting a ‘robust application’ for funding from the government to build the link road. 

He said: “Both Councillor Bradley and I are looking forward to submitting a robust application to Levelling Up Fund, so we can secure the £40m we think we deserve here in Nottinghamshire.

“The transport benefits of the Toton Link Road are countless, connecting our residents to multiple forms of travel, which will ease congestion.”

As part of its bid for the £40m, the council will explain how the Toton Link Road will enable wider plans for growth that are being worked up by the East Midlands Development Company (DevCo).

The DevCo has been setup by five local authorities to coordinate development around the Toton-Chetwynd corridor, Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station area and the East Midlands Airport area.

Richard Carr, Managing Director of the DevCo believes that the county council’s Levelling Up Fund bid can ‘accelerate progress’ at Toton and Chetwynd.

He said: “The county council’s application for levelling-up funding for the link road is a major opportunity for the DevCo to accelerate progress at Toton and Chetwynd.

“The Toton Link Road will open up the prospect of high-quality development, delivering benefits from community to economy level.

“The link road is an important part of our plans, as we bring forward proposals across our three sites which could create 84,000 jobs and add £4.8bn to the value of the East Midlands economy.”

It is hoped that the DevCo will soon gain statutory powers, after the government flagged the East Midlands’ case for a new type of development corporation in its Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill as an ‘expedient’ mechanism for council areas to join forces and deliver growth.

Councillor Bradley added: “I’m excited how the link road is vital to the East Midlands Development Corporation’s ambitions to supercharge our regional economy.

“The DevCo is planning a once-in-a-generation programme which will deliver benefits from community to economy level, and both our county and our region can reap the rewards.”

8 Comments

  1. That’s it then is it?

    The green belt and the productive wheat fields between Inham Nook and Toton and onwards northwards is soon to be buried under tarmac and bricks.

    With added traffic congestion.

    Is this really wanted?…

    After all, where will the dog walkers go?…

    (And everyone else that enjoys that highly valuable and highly valued green space…)

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  2. What “pre-construction work” is already under way and does it have the necessary planning consent?
    Although this link road is said to be a key to unlock Chetwynd Barracks for even more new housing, it will also be the toehold that will inevitably result in development across the whole of this remaining greenbelt in Toton. For decades the borough Council resisted attempts by owners to release this greenbelt land (owned by Peveril Securities?) for building but the die was seemingly cast by the tram terminus and then the failed promise of HS2 coming to Toton Sidings.
    Levelling-up is more like dumbing-down.

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  3. Can the moderators of this website please make it clear when they are quoting others’ words or when it is their own words. I somehow doubt that Steve, Sue or Mike would wax so lyrical about an “attractive, multi-modal boulevard” in this instance.

    The proposal does indeed constitute a “transformative project” whose “ripple effect of the Toton Link Road will be huge” – huge delays on an already over capacity A52, huge air pollution, huge disincentive to walk, cycle or use public transport and although it may be “an attractive asset for the development of homes and commercial space” it seems that County Hall has turned its back on… the PEOPLE of the area.

    The DevCo has already failed its biggest test – it managed to lose the HS2 station at Toton – calling into question the viability of the entire MasterPlan for Toton that was consulted upon last year – although it is not clear if this consultation was before, during or after the “rubber stamping” the County Council so flippantly informed us of.

    To reiterate the Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum’s position – the link road is not needed, not welcome and not in keeping with the principle of sustainable development enshrined in the National Planning Policy Framework. The County could save roughly HALF the money by terminating a spine road through Chetwynd barracks at the NET Terminal – protecting the green belt, avoiding the need for a crossing and reducing the impact on the A52.

    Paul Nathanail
    Chair, Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum

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    1. So… To stop this ‘link’ road being opportunistically/destructively bulldozed through any further:

      What can be done?… What can we do?…

      Regards,
      Martin

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  4. That is a crazy amount of money to spend on a road that will spoil a great piece of green space in greater Nottinghamshire when HS2 is gone so we don’t need the relief road. Spend it on improving public transport and active travel routes not more roads. How do we get the green space designated as important to the community?

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  5. [quote][url]https://bramcotetoday.org.uk/2022/06/22/bramcote-neighbourhood-forum-latest/[/url][/quote]

    Thanks for that link.

    Looking at the plans described on [url]http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/chetwyndneighbourhoodplan[/url]:
    [list]
    Those plans look to be focused purely on maximizing three large main development plots at the cost and destruction of all the present green spaces;

    Further: Present long established thoroughfares and schools are to be disrupted/relocated!

    There looks to be no value given to the amenity of open green space. Looking at the examples given for how that green space, and the working farms and stables, are to be reduced into ineffectual “green corridors”, strongly suggests that rerouting Toton Lane is a strategic maneuver to ‘reduce’ all the present green space into token green alleyways and a few small recreation parks that are to be shared with the relocated schools.

    Fantastic highly lucratively profitable opportunity for greedy developers!

    All at the expense of everyone else living there and in the surrounding areas of Long Eaton, Toton, Chilwell, Bramcote, Stapleford, and Sandiacre…
    [/list]

    Chetwynd and Toton sidings need to be developed, but also, our green spaces, paths, recreation, and transport need to be strategically planned and protected for far beyond the maximizing of the proposed development plots to the complete abandonment of how people enjoy this area for living.

    Welcome to the new [s]development[/s] metropolitan Nottingham suburb to be called Long-Totchibrams-Acre?

    How many “consultation comments” are needed to moderate and sway this “development” into something that is healthy for our area?

    Regards,
    Martin

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  6. “Levelling up” “NE Protocol” and “Highly paid skilled jobs”, “East Midlands Engine” “Brexit Opportunities” ”serving Broxtowe” and “bonfire of regulations” .. are not real things; they are slogans/buzz phrases. Until we have an agreed definition of what it means to be levelled up and can measure progress towards the level of up that we are aiming for, levelling up will remain a distraction from the deep trouble this country is in.
    I would rather we concentrate on trying to plan how we can manage the rampant and accelerating inflation we are facing now; an example from my email inbox today:
    “The price our poultry farmers charge for chicken has increased by 13% – and unfortunately, we need to pass some of this cost on to customers. For deliveries from Monday 4th July, all of our chicken items have gone up in price by around 7%, and our meat box prices are going up by 2%. “

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