Nottingham

Rushcliffe new homes plan given green light by council

Bingham land earmarked for development
Image caption Campaigners have criticised plans to build new houses in Bingham

Plans to build nearly 10,000 new homes in a Nottinghamshire borough over the next 15 years have been approved by the council.

Rushcliffe Borough Council leader Neil Clarke said using some green belt land was unavoidable.

The authority plans to build 1,500 new homes near Ruddington, Keyworth, Radcliffe-on-Trent and East Leake.

Land near to Clifton, Edwalton and Bingham has also been earmarked for future housing developments.

Mr Clarke said a small amount of green belt land near the villages of Keyworth, Radcliffe-on-Trent and Ruddington would need to be used due to a shortage of brownfield sites.

Former RAF base

He said: "We have had to allocate some small areas, in fact less than 2%, of the greenbelt area.

"We've used all our brownfield sites and there's no other land that can be allocated."

Other areas chosen for housing developments include Sharphill Woods, near Edwalton; the old Cotgrave Colliery; land to the north of Bingham; and the former RAF Newton site.

The council said it was also looking at land to the south of Clifton for new homes, subject to improvements to the A453 being approved.

The exact locations will be determined after a public consultation.

Campaigners in Bingham said plans to build new homes nearby could ruin the character of the town.

Bingham Community Concern said the proposals would create traffic problems and use valuable agricultural land.

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