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: (June 2022) Can hedgehog highways be included to link gardens. We have a healthy population of hedgehogs in Toton, but nationally they need help in urban and suburban builds. Very cheap to include at the planning stage
A: We are very keen to maintain/improve the green infrastructure in our Area, particularly as significant areas of greenspace in the Barracks and just south of the A52 will be built on according to the present plans. The Neighbourhood Plan requires that Mature Trees and hedgerows be retained as far as practical and that “green corridors” are created to link the various greenspaces. We are presently working on Design Codes for the areas. Design Codes are intended to indicate things that the local community would “like” in the area and things that will mean that the Developer would be more likely to receive planning consent. The present draft includes a preference for hedges between gardens rather than fences but we are debating whether this can be enforced in any way. However, making “porous” garden divisors to allow wildlife corridors is something we would be looking to have delivered.
Q: (January 2022): How does the Integrated Rail Plan affect our Area?
A: Now that the IRP has been published and the HS2 Hub at Toton cancelled, we are working with others (DevCo and Broxtowe Council) to determine the impact on the Area. The way in which we created the Neighbourhood Plan means that most of the Policies are not changed in what they are trying to achieve. What has changed significantly is the way in which they are implemented and we are formulating our position.
Q: (December 2021) What do we know, and what can residents do to be consulted regarding the Development of Housing in areas 4/5/6 (Chetwynd Barracks)? The SPD says these will be delivered by 2025 – not long now then.
A: (January 2022): In November 2021, the MOD Announced that they would not vacate the site until 2026 and seemed to imply that none of the 75.2Ha would be available for development before that date.
(December 2021): As yet, there are (as far as we know) no Developers submitting plans for developments in Chetwynd Barracks, Toton South or Toton East, despite the fact that Broxtowe would like to see 1,300 homes and associated infrastructure completed by 2025. We are in contact with the DIO (the MOD Land owner), Homes England and their consultants (Avison Young) who we believe are going to submit outline plans for the development of the whole Chetwynd Barracks site by the Spring/Summer 2022. We are not aware whether Heart Church (who own the land of Toton East and Toton South) have identified a Developer or Architects to plan those areas.
The Forum’s Neighbourhood Plan has recently been updated, following Broxtowe’s request for a Strategic Environmental Assessment and will be submitted for Regulation 16 Consultation, after which an Independent Examiner will further review it. Despite the recent publication of the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan and its impact upon the previously proposed HS2 Hub station at Toton, including the “station in a park” proposals, most of the Policies included in the Neighbourhood Plan are unaffected, including those regarding the Environment, Green Space, and the requirement for Masterplans to set out the provision of open space. According to the Localism Act 2011, any Developer will have to follow the Policies of the Neighbourhood Plan as well as those of the Local Planning Authority.
We are also developing our own Masterplan for the area which we will use as an exemplar model to compare other proposals. We hope to be able to share this with the Forum membership early in 2022.
As we get to know more we will inform the Forum membership.
Q: (November 2021) What are these (found in the ploughed fields east & west of Stapleford Lane)?
A: The consensus of the answers we received is that they are probably gas/groundwater monitoring positions. Gas & Groundwater measurements are required before any development can take place.
We’ll updated this answer if we get further information.
Q: (October 2021) According to this BBC news report, the access to HS2 will be off the Banks Road roundabout. Is that correct? If it is, that is a serious change for all residents on Banks Road. Does it also mean all traffic will come up Banks Road from the Banks Road/Stapleford Lane junction?
A: There has never been any intention for access to the EM Hub Station at Toton to be via Banks Road. It certainly isn’t included in the Forum Neighbourhood Plan, nor is it part of the thinking for the developing/emerging Strategic Masterplan for the wider area. The main road access route will be via a new link from the A52. The “muddy track” from Banks Road would be used for walking/cycling access to the station (as it is now for Toton bank etc.), and linking to other footpaths & cycle tracks. We would like to see this route enhanced for accessibility etc., but otherwise not for vehicular traffic. The Forum membership have never supported increased traffic entering Stapleford Lane from any of the proposed new developments. It is very much a red line, and our preferred option for the Chetwynd Barracks site development is for a new north-south road joining the A52 directly from the barracks.
Q: (October 2021) Heart Church is a significant landowner and have had their landholding up for sale for a while. Do you have any news on whether the land been sold yet and if so, who to?
A: We know that the land has been up for sale for some time and are keeping a watch on whether and when it gets sold. As yet we are not aware of any sale.
Q: (September 2021) Has the Forum considered how to improve cycle access in the Area, particularly at the top of Stapleford Lane between the end of the Service Road and the point by the NET where the Cycle Route joins the footway?
A: Our Neighbourhood Plan tries to improve active travel in the area by identifying new cycle routes through the area thus supporting the proposals in the Broxtowe Local Plan. We plan that these new routes will be more “cycle friendly” than some of the existing roads and will be actively promoting them as part of our Masterplanning proposals.
Q: (August 2021): How do I know if I’m a member of the Forum?
A: Anybody who is over 16 and lives or works in our Area is entitled to be a “Full Member” of the Forum. In addition, people under the age of 16 can be “Junior Members”. People outside the area can be “Friends”. If we have been given their email addresses, Full Members, Junior Members and Friends can receive our “mailshots” where we try to keep them up to date with what is happening.
Maintaining the membership and the “mailshot” lists is not simple as people move in and out of the area or decide to use social media or our website rather than receiving the mailshot and unsubscribe from the mailshot list.
However, if you are receiving the mailshot and live in the Area, you are probably a member.
If you are not sure, use our contact us page giving us your full name and address to ask us to add you to the Member List.
Q: (August 2021):Will I be able to buy land adjacent to mine when the Barracks is sold for Development?
A: Unfortunately the answer to this question remains unclear. Whilst the Forum continue to meet with the DIO, Homes England and Avison Young, the exact area which the DIO will dispose of remains unclear (the Service Accommodation may remain for some time and the boundary of area around the TA/HMS Sherwood is not fully defined). Even when the area is fully defined, whether the DIO will offer parcels of land to interested parties is entirely in their hands. The Forum realises that this isn’t satisfactory and will continue to press for an answer.
Q: June 2021: When do you realistically expect the Barracks to be sold and the development of the site to take place?
A: Homes England (HE) have confirmed that disposal of the site is due to take place in 2024. (Note in November 2021 this was changed to 2026). Homes England and their consultants (Avison Young) are producing their Masterplan & phasing for the site which will be the subject of public consultation. The timescale for the site development will depend upon the Developer appointed by HE and planning approval by Broxtowe. Our present understanding is that the land to the West of the Barracks (where there are no buildings) will be developed first with a target to achieve Broxtowe’s 500 homes by 2028. We are hoping that further meetings with HE/AY will clarify the timescale for the development of the rest of the site.
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.