Developer excited by talk of high-speed rail station.
DEVELOPERS behind a housing scheme in Toton say they are excited about the prospect of a high-speed railway station being built on the doorstep.
An announcement is expected imminently on where the station will be built in the East Midlands as part of a national project to revolutionise the rail network.
The first phase will see a high-speed rail line built from London to Birmingham.
Reports suggest that the next stage – building a new line to Leeds – will include a station at Toton Sidings, which is next to the site of a proposed 775-home development.
James Smith, director at Peveril Homes, said: “We are delighted that the Toton Sidings site is being considered for a transport interchange as part of the High Speed 2 scheme.
“The economic investment this would bring, tied with Peveril Homes and UKPP (Toton) Ltd’s application to develop 775 new homes, jobs and education facilities on the adjacent site could have significant benefits for the Toton and Stapleford areas and the wider borough.
“It is important that HS2 is supported with the correct infrastructure. We have worked with Broxtowe Borough Council to allow for a link through the site from Toton Sidings to the NET terminal and officers and members have always been keen to ensure this happened.
“We support the political consensus regarding HS2 and firmly believe that this can bring sustainable, long-term benefits to the area and we are seeking a further dialogue with the local authority to see how we can help move this forward.”
The developers have submitted a planning application for 775 homes on land to the west of Toton Lane, which will be looked at by the borough development control committee. The plans include allotments, sports pitches and a shopping area, as well as play facilities.
Councillor Halimah Khaled, who represents Toton and Chilwell Meadows on the council, said: “Toton has a strong village feel and with the tram, housing plans and potential for a train station, I think people are concerned the area will lose that atmosphere.
“It’s all just getting a bit too busy here with the developments – obviously nothing is set in stone yet but Toton will be changing a lot in the future and I don’t think everyone will agree with the plans.”
Christine Batham, 65, of Edale Rise, said: “We were just fighting to get the trees replanted on the sidings and they’ll come out just in time to become a car park if this goes ahead.”