Some residents in Clifton have voiced their opposition after plans to build nearly 300 homes on land between Clifton Hall and Clifton Woods were approved by Nottingham City Council. The proposed new housing estate, which is to be located on the western fringes of Clifton and directly west of the A453, will be accessible from Hawksley Gardens.
Sharon Smith told the Clifton Local News: “The single-road access through Hawksley Gardens is not realistic to be the main route in and out. It is clearly a small residential road. It will severely impact on the quality of the living environment and safety of residents.
“The A453 Crusader Island is already congested at peak traffic times. There will be damage to the newly-registered ancient woodland and then there’s the loss of historic open access that is important to the Grade I-listed Clifton Hall.”
Andrew Savage said: “The access into Hartness Road/Barton Green estate is via one road in and one road out via the very busy A453, which has become more congested since its upgrade to a two-lane road. Trying in the morning to get off Barton Green to get to work can take two or three attempts if you are lucky.
“The transport survey carried out in March 2017 confirmed that between the hours of 7am and 8am there was a total of 149 vehicles leaving Barton Green – and between the hours of 8am and 9am there was 103 vehicles. This made a total of 252 vehicles trying to get off the estate through traffic lights that stay on green for 12 seconds and on red for 80 seconds. I do believe that this number has increased since the survey was carried out.”
Rachel Heywood said: “I am concerned about the damage to the newly-registered ancient woodland. This woodland has been listed as an ancient woodland and is part of a Grade II-listed park and gardens since the plans went for consultation. The 30-metre buffer is not sufficient. With closer proximity of houses, the woodland will suffer major damage.
“In addition, the council have voted for planning to go ahead on land that they co-own – a conflict of interest – and before the inspector’s report came out.”
Donna Buckley said: “The noise and emissions issues this will create is of major concern, especially as there are many young children in the area. There are other residents who have health issues and who are equally as worried about this issue too.”
Resident Trevor Hurst has written a letter to MP Lilian Greenwood, saying: “The volume of parking and parked cars on the Hawksley Gardens and the feeder road of Hartness Road provide hazards on turning into the close and also exiting. There has been little or no consideration of this issue in any of the meetings or proposals.”