The Council Plan for Nottinghamshire is to stand out as a great place to bring up a family, to fulfil ambitions, enjoy later life and to start and grow a business, encourages the development of Top Wighay Farm. The scheme is to have its own identity with sustainable housing, employment land, school and local shopping. In addition, the Council has the aspiration to develop a BREEAM Excellent office for its own occupation. The Council is now seeking a development partner to provide the 805 houses and infrastructure in accordance with its declaration of a Climate Crisis. Organisations who have been involved include Gedling Borough Council, Homes England and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Future Homes Standard will require new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency. The Council's approach is to be an early adopter of these standards in the scheme.
The aim is to work with the private sector to deliver a scheme which balances high standards of design, environmental credentials, incorporates sustainability and the best land value, using the Building for a Health Life toolkit and take account of the Climate Crisis Nottinghamshire: Motion to declare climate emergency.
In addition to the physical works identified to allow access to the site a safeguarded route for Nottingham Express Transit (NET) to access the site will be secured this will provide a sustainable transit connection for residents and visitors to connect into the urban centre of Nottingham via the tram system.
The Top Wighay Farm plan integrates defined intentions to reduce the carbon impact it has through increasing the number of hedgerows and staged new planting, particularly along roads.
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Lack of available guidance and universal standards to assess residential developments against development values is one area that requires further exploration.