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Concerns of the Sharphill Action Group

  1. Reduction in size of the proposed Community Park from 35 hectares (2009/10) to 10.4 hectares (2015);
  2. Housing likely to breach ridgeline at the northern end of the site where previously the Community Park would enable unbroken views to and from the Wood;
  3. Up to 300 homes likely to gain access to Musters Road via a controlled barrier previously intended only for buses and emergency vehicles. So more traffic on Musters Rd;
  4. Closer proximity of development to the east side of the Wood;
  5. The safety implications of additional traffic near to local schools on Boundary and Musters Roads, plus of a more complex junction to negotiate at the brow of a hill;
  6. The proposed additional access off Melton Road at its junction with Edwalton Lodge Close, and the issue of how much of the site that it might serve;
  7. Lack of adequate surface water drainage to protect existing development adjacent to the north-east part of the site;
  8. Lack of suitable space for sports areas, allotments and a health facility, all agreed as part of the original 2009 permission.

How the plan has deteriorated from 2009 to 2015

After the decision to build on this Greenbelt land was made in 2009, the promises of green space have been broken, even before building starts. The land owner will keep farming the land that was allocated to be in the Community Park in 2009.  Rushcliffe Borough Council does not want to own the park.  Houses will be built much closer to the wood and along the ridgeline.

Sharphill, visible for miles,  will appear to have a scarf of houses around it.


Comparing plans for the Sharphill Community Park 2009 v 2015

Plans for the Country Park shrank between 2009 and 2015.


Will Developer’s keep promises ? Will the Council make sure they do ?

The battle to prevent major housing development was lost back in 2009, and 300 extra homes were approved by a Government Inspector in late 2014 after a Public Examination of modifications to the Local Plan Core Strategy.

Now the Sharphill action Group is campaigning to ensure that the community facilities that were ‘promised’ back then are not watered down when the Borough Council deals with the current planning applications by three sets of developers. To assist this process, the Council has had a Development Framework (or Masterplan) for the Sharphill site prepared as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and a draft version is now available for public consultation.

The intention is that the SPD, once revised and formally approved, will evaluate the key characteristics of the site, set out some design principles and opportunities that developers should be follow and identify the contributions they will be expected to make towards establishing the key infrastructure. The infrastructure will include schools, highways, drainage, the community park, open/play space and leisure facilities, some of which will be off-site.

The Sharphill Action Group (SAG) has studied the SPD and will be submitting comments but, as you will be aware, there is greater strength in multiple objections, so we urge you to read the document via the link to the Borough Council’s website [INSERT LINK] as soon as possible.

Our concerns are summarised above for your information, and are focussed upon 8 points which may help steer your reaction and subsequent submission –which the Council would prefer that you make online on the form via the consultation portal, but there are other methods (see below at end).

Is the process being led by developers and land owners ?

The SPD document divides the site up into seven development zones on both sides of Melton Road, excluding land set aside for the park and the primary school. The current applications by Bovis Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Barratts virtually mirror three of those zones and their other provisions are conveniently echoed by the SPD’s content.

The Sharphill Action Group are therefore concerned that there has been undue involvement by these developers /landowners or their representatives in preparing this document which amounts to “the tail wagging the dog” in respect of proper, independent planning of the site infrastructure.

For instance, it may partly explain why the area of the Community Park has shrunk from 35 to 10.4 hectares in recent years, why the ridgeline has not been valued, why the most northerly zone will have to accommodate an excess of homes on the most sensitive parcel of land* and why additional ‘local’ access points have been sought.

The SPD supposedly sets a framework which can integrate the various proposals of developers to ensure that they contribute pro rata to implementing the necessary infrastructure and community facilities for the Sharphill site. It is crucial that it is shaped by the Council and the community as much as (or more than) its eventual developers.

Ridgeline likely to be built on

To date the applications provide for a total of 940 homes which leaves the remaining, hillier part of the site (closest to Rushcliffe School and Musters Road) to produce the balance of 550 homes that will satisfy the target of the Local Plan which is “around 1500 dwellings”. This is a tall order if the ridge and the Wood are to be adequately protected and will necessitate higher densities than envisaged unless the other can be shown to accommodate more.

How to have your say

Comments on the draft SPD and its associated documents can be made:

All comments must be submitted to the Council by 5.00pm on Tuesday 31 March 2015.  If you have any questions, you are advised to call Planning Policy on 0115 981 9911, or email Richard Mapletoft at




8 thoughts on “Latest Sharphill plan

  1. Mike Rivett says:

    I just want to thank those in the Sharphill Action Group who have put in so much time and work responding to the Rushcliffe Local Plan and attending the hearings this month. Even if there are no further favourable modifications, the safeguarding of the west of the wood was a major achievement. The Borough Council can be in no doubt as to the strength of the support for safeguarding the wood and know that their actions going forward will be under scrutiny.

  2. Peter Appleyard says:

    I found Sharphill Wood today and really enjoyed the walk. Please do all you can to preserve it as a nature reserve, it would be a crime to build on it.

  3. Jack Rodber says:

    I completely agree with everything this website and action group stands for.

    I feel it it not so much the centrally-imposed housing targets which cause the greatest pain for local residents but the way Rushcliffe Borough Council have gone about planning to meet them, with limited involvement from the community and not listening to the concerns of the people they represent.

    However as a resident of Lady Bay, I don’t feel I’ve really heard anything about the campaign and I’ve had to proactively search for this website to find out more. I feel you urgently need a face behind the campaign for it to be truly successful, and much more local prominence.

    There’s not even any way to contact the group from what I can see, something I would have liked to do.

    Unfortunately it’s probably too late for this now, but hopefully Neil Clarke and his Councillors will at some point actually start to listen and address residents’ concerns.

    Good luck

    • G R says:

      Thanks for point about there being no way to contact us Jack. We’ll get a contact page sorted out.

      I wonder how many people walking around West Bridgford this afternoon know about the plans to build at Edwalton and Tollerton or how the developments will change the character of the town.

      • Jack Rodber says:

        Sorry – just realised I made a separate post rather than replying to yours.

        Really keep to help if I can.


  4. Jack Rodber says:

    I should add that latest plans aren’t even on the RBC website, which is disgraceful.

    I have only seen the 2009 plan which is on there, which I didn’t think looked too bad!

    The new one is deeply concerning.

  5. Jack Rodber says:

    I’m sure the vast majority of West Bridgford residents know nothing of the plans due to the Borough Council’s lax approach to community involvement.

    There’ll be some people who don’t know, some who don’t care, and others who know but feel like there’s nothing they can do. Well under the Localism Act, there is something they can do, but it needs to be properly formulated in a Neighbourhood Plan (which is different from a Local Plan).

    Thus it falls to people like us, I feel, who do know and do care, to tell the others. But what’s the best way? A website? Facebook? An information stall on Central Avenue on a busy farmers market Saturday morning? All of the above?

    Are you a resident of Edwalton? It would be useful to know how much consultation the nearby residents have been given and if you’re being given any opportunity to meet face-to-face with the developers to help shape the development of your community.

    It would also be useful to know what kind of engagement you’ve had from people you have talked to about this issue? Do people care? Do they want the development? Are they largely apathetic?

    It would be great to hear your thoughts.

    Many thanks


  6. Andrew says:

    Hello All,

    I’ve missed the deadline of March 31st to comment but I just wanted to say my piece anyway. I have had the fortune of growing up near Sharphill Woods and it has always been a wonderful and special place for my family and I – my brother and I would explore there when we were young (he, infact was one of the first people to start spreading awareness in an effort to save the woods by camping up there during 2007), we spread our sweet family dog Maisy’s ashes there where the bluebells grow and I still often take guests there to walk.

    Its so sad to learn of its imminent demise, the whole affair pangs of selfishness and petty politics. I’ll still never know why our decision makers insist on money driven policies like this when there is plenty of brown land elsewhere begging for redevelopment, yet instead we find ourselves destroying one of the last bits of green belt for miles – home to badgers, woodpeckers, newts and many more – so the farmer and Barret Homes can get fat.

    Keep up the wonderful good work everyone. Thank you for fighting for our Sharphill.

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