Gedling village relief road plans approved
Plans have been approved for a £32.4m relief road for a Nottinghamshire village.
The scheme to take traffic away from Gedling was unanimously given the go-ahead at a meeting on Thursday.
The two-and-a-half mile road will be built through the old colliery site and the grounds of Carlton Le Willows Academy.
Campaigners, including the school, said the road would mean a loss of green space and could put children at risk.
Gedling Borough Council leader John Clarke said: "The road is key to relieving traffic congestion and unlocking a really important regeneration opportunity of this important coalfield site."
The planned route, from Mapperley Plains to Burton Joyce, has a junction close to the Carlton Le Willows school and would cut through its playing fields.
In total, the application received 106 objections from residents and businesses, including concerns over a crossing close to the academy.
Carlton Le Willows' head teacher Craig Weaver said: "We were hoping the decision would be deferred until such time a more detailed arrangement had been agreed for the crossing."
He said a condition of the approval was that officials would work with the school to find an "appropriate solution".
The school, which has 1,400 pupils, said the loss of a playing field to make way for the road would also have a negative impact.
Residents raised concerns about the visual impact of the road.
Officials said this would be mitigated over time by landscaping.
Work could start next spring.