£96m plan for new houses and school in Netherfield
A TOTAL of 800 new homes, a new primary school and sports pitches could be built in Netherfield as part of a £96 million project.
Developer Northern Trust Company Ltd is behind the proposals for land off Teal Close and has launched a public consultation before it submits a formal planning application.
It will include affordable homes and sports pitches as well as a business area with a new hotel, care home, offices and industrial units.
Northern Trust says the proposals will create an estimated 187 construction jobs, as well as 430 new full-time equivalent job opportunities when the scheme is up and running.
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Sharon Jackson, head teacher at Netherfield Primary School, said: "There is a problem with unemployment in Netherfield, so the creation of new jobs is great news.
"There is also a lack of affordable housing, so as long as the homes will be made available for the local community, I welcome them.
"Our school is almost at capacity, as well as most other local primary schools, so the creation of a new one will definitely be necessary."
Nicola Murphy, who runs It's Inn The Bank in Victoria Road, Netherfield, has also welcomed the proposals.
She said: "I think this scheme could give a really big boost to the area. It would bring more footfall for us, which is brilliant.
"A lot of places have been closing down towards that end of Netherfield, so this is fantastic news. New sports pitches sound excellent too, because a lot of our local football teams are having to go to Stoke Bardolph to play."
Kaye Brennan, 37, of Colwick, chairman of the Netherfield Eco Action Team, said: "Teal Close is behind the retail park, so this would create almost a whole new village.
"I think developers need to make sure there are good transport links from the development into Netherfield so people can support the local economy, because, with the retail park on their doorstep, why would they go into Netherfield and use the independent shops?
"We, as a group, would also want to see the development as sustainable as possible."
A Northern Trust spokesman said: "We are pleased to have launched our engagement with the community over this exciting opportunity."
The company is inviting residents to view plans and leave feedback at Carlton Town Football Club, in Stoke Lane, Gedling, between 11.30am and 7pm on Thursday.
Northern Trust will be meeting community groups and launching a website, www.tealclose.co.uk, where people can view the plans.
It hopes to submit a planning application in April.