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Neighbours have their say on plans for hundreds of homes on Boots site

Hundreds of new homes planned for the grounds of Boots’ headquarters in Beeston will attract more people to the area and it will be good for business.

That is the view of residents as a reserved matters application for 406 homes on the Boots campus as part of a huge new housing development.

An application for the properties has been sent to Broxtowe Borough Council and comes after the high street giant released the land in Thane Road for 622 homes – which would be a mix of houses and flats.

Nearby residents offered different views of the plans.

Craig Mills, 46, warehouse manager who lives in Beeston, told Nottinghamshire Live he thought more houses in Beeston was positive.

“It has local links, good transport, and the train station,” he said.

“Some of the biggest employers in Nottingham, the Games Workshop, the Boots site and Capital One’s not too far away.

“I know that there are a lot of derelict sites on there.

“It’s part of the old heritage that Jesse Boot had that is supposed to go back into the community for the houses to be built as far as I’m aware.

“I’ve been there for 20 years and they’ve been on about it all that time about houses being built. I’d rather that go than Green Belt land.”

A local resident, who wished to be anonymous, said: “I definitely think the area will attract people.

“They’ve got to build houses somewhere. There is a lot of access to the city, the shopping links are good here too, so it will be good for businesses here.

“Beeston has a lovely community and the people are really nice.”

However, not everybody was as happy with the move.

Alison Holmes, 57, who works in the care industry, said: “If there was work, then I think it would attract people.

“To me there’s a lot of empty houses about here, why can’t they renovate them first and then build.

“There are a lot of houses standing empty and it’s a waste. There’s homeless people and they could just re-do them.

“I don’t think any of these new houses are built like the old ones. The community is nice, they are friendly here.”

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Announcing the first tranche of more than 600 homes, Boots confirmed it had appointed modular housing firm ilke Homes to lead the project on its enterprise zone site.

Mark Chivers, director of estates for Boots UK, said at the time: “We are delighted to partner with ilke Homes to develop this site to provide high-quality, affordable and energy-efficient housing for people in the local area.

“Because of the historical significance of this site, and everything it represents in terms of our company heritage, it was vital that we find the right partner.

“I am pleased that the site will be put to good use and look forward to seeing a thriving community emerge there in the coming years.”

The 406-homes application was submitted by Emily Christie and was validated on September 21.

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