Where ? What ? When ?
Sharphill is the iconic green hill one mile south of Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Plans are in progress to build 1500 houses on this recently released Green Belt land.
The Sharphill Action Group, (SAG), are a group of people with an interest in the extra traffic, drainage and the provision of school places for the new houses.
The planning process is hard to follow and the council is not brilliant at truly involving existing residents, beyond the bare minimum. Because developers act in their own interests, SAG tries to highlight issues and make sure the consequences of plans are discussed more widely.
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Developers have squeezed in plans for more houses than were planned in the earlier stages. We are concerned that this is at the expense of public spaces and parks for teenagers to play in.
The Local Centre is at the extreme south of the site (see map). If it had been in the middle, people could walk to the shops.
Will over intensive development limit community facilities ?
Unlimited traffic down Musters Rd ?
Bovis Homes have submitted their latest planning application to build 600 new houses at the top (north) end of the Sharphill site. They want to remove the restriction on a secondary access to Musters Rd, which originally was to have been for emergency vehicles and buses only, to allow all traffic to freely go down Musters Rd ...Read more ...
Who is planning the new School ?
Less than a mile from Jesse Gray, roofs are being built over children's brand new bedrooms. Brochures for the new houses draw attention to the good schools in the area, but local schools are already bursting.
The map shows a lot of details for houses, but the primary schools site is a blank space. When will the new Primary School at Sharphill be started ?
So who is in charge of making sure that these children have a school place ? The Nottinghamshire Local Education Authority ? An academy chain ? The developers (no). We do not know. The houses are being built today.