Funding for a multi-million pound bridge that will support the development of hundreds of new homes has been approved.
The new pedestrian and cycle access overpass will be installed over the A46, connecting the former RAF Newton site – where 550 new homes are proposed – with a plot of land also proposed for new housing in Bingham.
A total of 317 homes could be built on the plot of land, just west of Chapel Lane, by developer Barratt Homes.
The planning application was submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council in September, and is due to be discussed by its planning committee at a meeting in the new year.
The council has been awarded £2,910,000 by Highways England – the government-owned company with responsibility for the operation, maintenance and improvement of the motorways and trunk roads in England – to build the bridge.
The bid to secure the funds began two years ago, and it was confirmed on December 28 that it had been awarded from Highways England’s Growth and Housing fund.
Bingham Town Councillor Sue Hull welcomed the news of the bridge being built, and said it would “connect” both Newton and Bingham together.
She said: “The borough council applied for the funding of the bridge over two years ago now.
“It is needed for the area. The residents on the RAF Newton site feel isolated, as the nearest shops for them are in East Bridgford.
“This new bridge will connect the two sides together. People will be within walking distant of supermarkets, and the post office.
“It will be a quick and direct link to Bingham’s town centre, and will have a huge positive impact on the people from the Newton side.”
It is not known when work on the bridge will start.
The developments are part of the first phase of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s plan to build up to 1,050 new homes as well as shops, a community centre, primary school and allotments and parks in Bingham
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Councillor Simon Robinson said: “Rushcliffe is delighted to be awarded this funding from Highways England Growth and Housing Fund.
“The link bridge directly supports the development of 550 new dwellings proposed at RAF Newton.
“It will provide direct pedestrian and cycle access across the recently dualled A46 between the RAF Newton and Bingham development sites.
“This will mean the current and future residents of the RAF Newton settlement will have sustainable access to a wide range of retail and commercial amenities on offer in Bingham, and better access to employment opportunities in both the town itself and the greater Nottingham area through improved access to public transport links.
“RAF Newton is a key site on the A46 and the funding for the bridge brings us a step closer to realising our targets and ambitions for this key growth corridor.”
Source: Nottingham Post