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MP backs pit redevelopment plan

Gedling pit
The Gedling colliery closed in 1991

A major development of a disused colliery site near Nottingham is being supported by a Nottinghamshire MP.

The outline plans for the former Gedling pit would include 1,100 new houses and a country park as well as a major new road scheme.

A road in the plans would link Mapperley Plains with Burton Joyce.

Sherwood MP Paddy Tipping has backed the outline planning application saying there is a growing demand for new homes in the area.

Gedling Borough Council has said the plans for the 38-hectare site are still at a very early stage.

Mr Tipping said he hopes the plans for a country park on the brown field site will go ahead as soon as possible.

There is a need for 60,000 to 80,000 new houses over the next few years in Nottingham, he said, partly because people are living longer and more families are splitting up.

The outline plans will be considered by the council at a meeting on Thursday.

The East Midlands Development Agency said the planning application is still in the very early stages and is an "outline'" for future development.

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