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Greenbelt homes plans on display

Gateway plans
The plans can be viewed at Clifton Leisure Centre on Saturday

A public exhibition will show Nottingham residents plans for 5,500 homes on greenbelt land.

Barratt Homes proposes to build the houses south of Clifton in a project known as Nottingham Gateway.

Two primary schools, a secondary school, an extended tram network and community facilities are included in the plans which go on view on Saturday.

There has already been opposition, with Gotham Parish Council saying the scheme would destroy the green belt.

The government has identified the south of Nottingham as an appropriate location for significant growth, as expansion in the region would cause "least harm" to the greenbelt.

'Gateway from hell'

The proposals include a mixture of housing including 1,650 affordable homes.

Barratt said offices, industry and warehousing were envisaged, and that about 4,000 jobs could be created.

The government wants a total of 28,000 new homes in Nottingham and a further 16,500 in Rushcliffe by 2028.

But Pat Dines, vice-chairman of Gotham Parish Council, said villagers had renamed the scheme "gateway from hell".

"It puts into context what they think of the plans. We need to preserve what we've got.

"This is taking away a magnificent landscape.

"We don't think this development's needed and it shouldn't be put on greenbelt and agricultural land."

The plans will go on show at Clifton Leisure Centre on Saturday from 1030 to 1800 GMT.

Barratt said it would consider carefully the public's comments at the exhibition and would submit a planning application to Rushcliffe Borough Council soon afterwards.

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