Pedestrian crossing will help keep Stapleford pensioners at new retirement complex safe
A new retirement complex will now be served by a pedestrian crossing after fears for the safely of elderly people on the busy main road outside – with the developers picking up the tab.
The committee agreed that the development, on the old Sinbad Plant Hire site off the B6004 Hickings Lane, cannot be brought into use until the crossing has been constructed. Under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 the developers will be asked to foot the bill.
“We very much need the 48 retirement living apartments, but we want the residents to be able to get safely across the road to go to shops or the community centre,” said Mr MacRae. “Hickings Lane is a busy main road and bus route into Stapleford. There are also a couple of schools in the neighbourhood.”
January 2016: McCarthy and Stone present their plans to Stapleford residents
The decision was greeted by Stapleford Community Group, who issued a statement saying: “This is great news for the local residents and for the new residents who will eventually move into the apartments. It will allow them safer access to the local bus stop, to the New Stapleford Community Centre and also the shops across the road from the development.”
McCarthy and Stone unveiled plans for the old plant hire site earlier this year, with the builders seeking feedback from older people in the Stapleford area. Those who saw the artist’s impressions told the Post that the complex would be ideal for pensioners looking to downsize in old age – although at the time, none raised the issue of road safety.
McCarthy and Stone, which has developed retirement homes in Hucknall, West Bridgford and Mapperley, has yet to disclose the price range.
Mr MacRae said the next step was to get together with Broxtowe planning officers to decide on the exact siting of the crossing.The most suitable location, he believes, would be between the Hickings Lane junctions with Washington Drive and Ewe Lamb Lane.
“The shops in the area have all supported the idea,” said Mr MacRae.
A Broxtowe Borough Council spokeswoman confirmed that the crossing would be covered by the Section 106 rules. There would be “ongoing discussions” with the developer.
At the time of publication the Post was waiting for a response from McCarthy and Stone.
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