We have created this page as a way of documenting the questions we have been asked and the answers we have given. If you have a question you think we should answer, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Q: Are there any plans for spiritual welfare in our plan for Chetwynd Barracks? Eg place of worship, cafe style meeting places?
A: Our vision for the area included in the Neighbourhood Plan has always included a “Plaza” near to the Memorial Gardens within the Barracks, and additional cafes and restaurants in the Innovation Campus near to the Hub Station. The Plaza forms the multi-functional “Community Hub” for the area including space for multi-faith worship and community uses. Toton Churches has made a number of comments to the Plan including their desire either to create a new place of worship, or to be a key stakeholder in any community building that may form part of the Plaza area recognising that the centre of the community will move away from the present location of the Toton Churches. Whilst the Plan doesn’t explicitly identify community buildings within the outline Masterplan at this stage, we hope that working with the Architects producing the Masterplans for the area will ensure that such facilities are included.
Q: Does the change of the Parish Boundary between the Stapleford and Toton Parishes make any difference to the Forum?
A: No, the Forum Area is defined by the Designation which was agreed with Broxtowe Borough Council, adopted in March 2017 and ratified by the Forum in June 2017. This is the Area of the Wards of Toton & Chilwell Meadows and Chilwell West modified along the Western edge of Toton to exclude the HS2 safeguarding zone and the area further to the West up to the Erewash Borough/Derbyshire County boundary. The full designation can be found here.
Q: BT are selling off phoneboxes. Is the Forum interested in acquiring a phonebox for the benefit of the Community?
A: The Neighbourhood Forum’s remit is to create and monitor the implementation of the Neighbourhood Plan. The Community Action Team (CAT) may be a more appropriate organisation for such requests.
Q: How does the possible termination of HS2 at East Midlands Parkway affect the Neighbourhood Plan? Will the EM Hub Station still be coming to Toton?
A: As far as we can see from work that continues to be done, there is no indication that the HS2 project has been stopped or delayed. However, we think it likely that there will be some delay, but so far we have not seen any evidence that it would be scrapped. We are of course in continued discussions with all relevant parties on the status of HS2 and the EM Hub Station, and we expect that there will be more involvement over the coming months from the emerging East Midlands Development Corporation. They are looking at three key areas in the region – EM Airport cargo freeport, Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station redevelopment, and of course the development area in and around Toton which includes both the Chetwynd Barracks site and the Strategic Land for Growth as identified within our Plan. Unfortunately we cannot be any clearer than that at this stage, but we will of course keep our community up to date on any news that is shared with us.