THE final piece of the jigsaw in the major redevelopment of Red Lodge has been given the green light.
The Kings Warren development has transformed the village since 2003 and the final seven and a half-acre site for the village centre development was given planning permission by Forest Heath District Council on Wednesday night.
The project will see six retail units and 70 two and three bedroomed homes being built on land between Warren Road and Hundred Acre Way.
Cllr Roger Dicker, Forest Heath councillor for Red Lodge, said the council should waste no time in approving the scheme.
“I want this to happen. I saw the potential in the area when I moved there two years ago and as I predicted, everything is now coming online.
“Everyone in Red Lodge would like to see it approved and we want to see it now, not held up. Let’s go for it,” he said.
Cllr Andy Drummond, Forest Heath’s other Red Lodge councillor, said: “We desperately need some facilities and shops in Red Lodge and it would be great to have no hesitation.”
The village centre would be situated directly to the south of the proposed site of the planned primary school development.
The six retail units include one larger space, suitable for a small supermarket. The remaining five are smaller in size and available for a variety of different uses, including food takeaways, restaurants and daycare nurseries or clinics.
Although the project has a deadline of 18 months from the start of building work, an access loop road must be completed before the completion of the new primary school.
Conditions were also made on the plans that no shutters were placed on shops.
Cllr Tim Huggan said that placing shutters on the shop would deter people from staying in the area at night, leading to an increased likelihood of crime or anti-social behaviour. He added that the inclusion of flats above retail units may also be advisable.
The committee voted unanimously to approve the scheme.