Another housing estate to be built in village that's becoming an 'extension of Arnold'

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Yet another large housing estate will be built in Calverton - after a 350-home project was given the green light on Wednesday (September 9).

The village is set for huge expansion with several developments in the pipeline - and Persimmon Homes now has permission to build on land north-west of Park Road.

But concerns have been raised about the potential impact on traffic - and lack of infrastructure.

Independent Councillor Mike Hope, who represents Calverton on Gedling Borough Council, offered his personal views.

"It (infrastructure) quite simply is not appropriate as it stands for the 350 houses."

He said the area needed a "bigger surgery" - and said local residents could be affected by the construction traffic.

"Persimmon in general terms have been pretty reasonable. My biggest problem is people that live on Park Road and North Green are going to be constantly seeing lorries and equipment and tractors and diggers - and God knows what," said Councillor Hope, 71.

"You need that when you build 350 houses. It's construction traffic which is going to come through the village - and there was really no need if they had been allowed to put an access road from the Oxton Road."

He added: "When you look at the shopping centre, we have got the Co-op and a supermarket. We have got Sainsbury's and some charity shops in the village centre. We can't increase car parking and we have got nowhere to put the shops (potential new shops).

"It's going to be a continuing problem - the more houses we have, the bigger the problem."

Other issues have been raised associated with the build.

"We are going to apparently lose a bit of hedge along Park Road. Having said that Persimmon has stated it will be replaced.

"To that extent, we have got to wait and see," said Councillor Hope, who lives locally and also sits on Calverton Parish Council.

Councillor Boyd Elliott, who represents Calverton for the Conservatives on the borough council, added: "It's better than the original proposed plans Persimmon put forward because we do need affordable housing in the village.

"As long as it's good quality affordable housing and they do deliver the much-needed infrastructure to the village, and they honour the 106 agreement, (it would be a good thing).

"And working with Persimmon local councils can look at the shortfall at the doctor's and the educational needs of our young people and also address the problem of parking."

Work could start to build the 351 homes next year.

Locals raised similar concerns last week, saying: "There will be far too much demand on the services here."

Multiple planning applications have been submitted to build new estates across various locations in the village.

Last year the scale of new development prompted calls for a new supermarket.

After Persimmon tabled its application, people said they feared Calverton was losing its village feel - and that it was "becoming like an extension of Arnold".

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A spokesman for Persimmon Homes Nottingham said: “We are pleased to have received planning approval for our Calverton site.

“This development will bring 351 new homes to the area and provide a range of starter homes to larger family houses, including two, three, four and five-bedroom properties.

“A play area and an open green space will feature within the development.

“We are working towards starting construction next year and are hoping to welcome our first customers by the end of 2021.”

A spokesman for the borough council added: "We can confirm that a planning application for the creation of 351 new homes on the site of Park Road, Calverton, was approved at last night’s planning committee meeting.

"One of the council’s priorities is to promote sustainable growth to meet the future needs of the borough and this one of the key housing sites for development.”

Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into four housing developers accused of breaking consumer protection law - including Persimmon.

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