CONTROVERSY surrounds a proposal for Bingham which could see 1,000 new houses, a primary school, health centre and community centre being built.
Entitled ‘Future Bingham’, the plan for land north of the railway line has townsfolk and councillors divided.
The Crown Estate, Bingham’s largest landowner, is behind the plans, which it says will also include three children’s play areas, shops, allotments and a five hectare country park complete with lake, cycle paths and footpaths.
The landowner claims there is also the potential for creating 1,400 jobs on land specified for industrial use.
But this development will accentuate Bingham’s severe traffic congestion, believes town residents’ group Community Concern.
Member Dennis Briggs said: “This proposal will increase the size of the town by 25 per cent. Over 1,000 more vehicles will be vying for parking spaces and adding to our town centre congestion, and 2,000 people will be joining the queues for services.
“We are not against housing developments provided appropriate infrastructure is created at the same time but can see no benefits for existing residents.”
However, The Crown Estate argues that new car parking north of the railway station and a focus on the ‘old’ A46 as a new route to avoid the town centre will combat these issues.
Earlier this month, Bingham Town Council voted against objecting to the plan, which will be dicussed by Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Town councillor Francis Purdue-Horan voted to support the proposal. He said: “It is an outline proposal for a future development that seeks to shape Bingham towards a sustainable market town community for many years, not simply subject to creeping development every few years.
“It has been recognised for a long time that further development in Bingham would take place north of the railway line and is the only locality where there is room within Bingham to properly and carefully plan mixed development.”
Coun Purdue-Horan praised The Crown Estate’s efforts in consulting with residents and businesses, which began in May.
Nick Harper, head of asset management and development at The Crown Estate, said: “Our continuing and extensive engagement with the local community has really helped to shape these proposals, which will provide important community facilities to benefit the whole of Bingham and which might otherwise go unrealised.”
l To view the proposals, visit www.futurebingham.co.uk