Rejection for West Bridgford mixed-use scheme

Whittam Cox Architects

Plans for a major mixed-use scheme in West Bridgford have been rejected by Rushcliffe Borough Council, despite being recommended for approval.

The plans from Wilford Lane Developments Limited for land on Wilford Lane would have involved the construction of retail units, a coffee shop, pub and supermarket as well as five accommodation blocks, four of which would have contained residential accommodation (204 residential apartments) and the fifth of which would have been a retirement complex of 63 apartments.

A document from Rushcliffe Borough Council released prior to the decision said: “The proposal would bring a vacant brownfield site in a key sustainable location back into use providing some much needed housing in the Borough, which would contribute towards the Council’s Housing Land Supply, and provide policy compliant level affordable housing on site.
“The proposal would also generate a level of employment. Technical issues relating to highway safety, flood risk, noise, contamination and ecology can all be mitigated through the imposition of conditions. The application does propose the loss of some of the existing protected trees on the site, and whilst officers have sought to retain as many as possible, the application does nevertheless propose the loss of mature specimen tree on the site’s frontage. However, the application does also proposes the planting of significantly greater number of new trees along the Wilford Land frontage of the site, within the proposed car parking area and at the entrance to the site from Beckett Way.”