Familes welcome £20m plan to build 110 homes on Hartshill factory site
FAMILIES have welcomed £20 million plans to build 110 homes on a factory site.
St Modwen wants to build the new properties – plus shops, a pub and a restaurant – on an 11.25 acre site fronting Shelton New Road in Hartshill.
Families living in the area were last night invited to have a closer look at the proposals and raise any concerns with St Modwen.
Six information boards were erected at Harpfields Primary School, in Hartshill, addressing a number of issues including accessibility.
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Anne Carter, a creative therapist, aged 65, from Gladstone Street, Basford, said: "We heard about the proposals and wanted to have a look because we think it may impact on the traffic in the area.
"I think it is basically a good idea to redevelop the site but we are concerned about the level of traffic on Shelton New Road because there are tailbacks already."
Despite her reservations, Mrs Carter, a member of Basford Residents' Association, said she approved of the plans overall.
She welcomed proposals to create a row of shops adding: "I think they will be good because there is not much for residents up this end of the neighbourhood.
"I'm very pleased the consultation has been held. I think the plans are reasonably clear and there have been people on hand to ask any questions to.
"All in all it looks quite positive."
The site was previously used by kiln furniture manufacturer Dyson Industries.
But St Modwen said the land became surplus to requirements when the company was restructured several years ago.
A small part is still occupied by IPS Ceramics, which would relocate within the city if the plans are approved.
It is thought at least 220 jobs will be generated with the construction of the houses, and 75 permanent jobs created at the pub, restaurant and shops.
Depending on the outcome of the consultation, St Modwen will submit a planning application in early November.
Regional director Mike Herbert said: "This is a sustainable development in a very accessible location that will bring social and environmental benefits to the Hartshill area."
Speaking after the event he said: "We have had more than 75 people through the doors and we are very pleased to see a warm feeling towards the development.
"This is still very much the early stage but it is very important to us to engage the public as they will be a key part of bringing this forward."
The proposed homes will be for sale on the open market and built with families in mind.
One resident said: "The shops and the pub are a great idea and the sooner the better. It's good to see family houses being built and not just blocks of flats."