be termed a village but Cotgrave, which is just eight miles from Nottingham
city centre, has a population of 7,415 and an active community.
There's an annual summer festival, this year to be held on Saturday, June 20,
good leisure facilities, schools, a library, country park and with a major new
homes development in the making, the former mining village is set for change.
February's announcement of funding
from the Government Growth Deal for the regeneration of Cotgrave's shopping precinct was met with enthusiasm and more cash
is flowing this way as a result of planning conditions that come with the new
housing development (see housing below).
In addition to this shopping area, where there is a Co-op store
and takeaways among the facilities, there is a Sainsbury's Local on Bingham
Road, a respected butcher's, Brumpton's Butchers in Plumtree Road, and a
A jet petrol station stands on Main Road.
TEA ROOMS AND PUBS
Looking for a break? Then Grannies, a
tea room on Bingham Road opposite Sainsbury's, is the perfect place to grab a
cappuccino and a cake or lunch. As it sells gifts as well, that last-minute
birthday present can be bought locally.
Fancy something stronger with your
lunch? Local pubs include the Manvers Arms, the Rose and Crown and, slightly
further afield, Shepherds at Stragglethorpe.
Facilities at Cotgrave Leisure Centre
include a leisure pool and slide, 35 Station gym, sports hall and a specialist
spin studio. Outside there's football pitches.
AREAS AND SPORTS PITCHES
For more football pitches and a
pavilion head to the Arthur Ridley sports ground, off Stragglethorpe Lane,
while play areas include parks at Ringleas, The Green, Grassmere and Broadmeer.
Cotgrave Futures – a community
building, provides a children's centre, cafe area and meeting room.
Another active community building is
Cotgrave Miners' Welfare
Drive a little way out of the village
and you'll find Nottinghamshire Golf and County Club at Stragglethorpe, where
there are two 18-hole courses as well as refurbished clubhouse.
If you fancy getting out and about in
the fresh air then a short walk along Hollygate Lane will take you to Cotgrave
Country Park. On the site of the old colliery, which closed in 1993, the park
was developed by Nottinghamshire County Council from reclaimed land and pit
heaps. David Wilson and Barratt are now developing land surrounding the park
into a new homes development – Hollygate Park, a site which will eventually be
home to 450 new homes, a third of which will be affordable housing.
Estate agency Thomas James opened a
branch office in Cotgrave last year, and director Tom Reynolds says the
property market here and in the surrounding villages is a thriving one. He went
on: "During the past year there has been huge interest in the area. The
diverse range of housing means that there are first-time-buyer
homes available, family homes, cottages, executive style detached houses,
bungalows that see people
retiring comfortably to the village, investment type property with great rental
potential and much more. Across all of these property types and prices, we have
certainly found that the demand outweighs supply.
"With the progression of the
exciting new developments by Barratt's and David Wilson Homes, we are
anticipating a further rise in interest in property here over the coming months
and years, potentially also a steady increase in the prices that properties
command in the area.
"Added to this, the proposed
redevelopment of the precinct in Cotgrave gives further reason to pay the
village more attention. We are of course already home to sought-after schools
"There is a great sense of community and this encourages people to stay in
the area as they progress to larger homes, or downsize to take life
Hollygate Park, the Barratt and David
Wilson development, was officially launched this week – five homes were
reserved on the night.
Two, three, four and five bedroom
homes will be built on the site, which the developer is calling a 'built for
Jan Ruston, sales director at
Barratt, said: "Hollygate Park is an excellent new development and is
quickly becoming one of the most popular in our portfolio."
Developers of the site are giving
£2.7 million funding to the town of Cotgrave as part of a planning agreement,
which will be used to support community investment for both new and existing
Specific funding includes £763,200
towards education facilities, a £932,540 community contribution, £600,000
towards bus services and sustainable transport donations of more than £60,000.
The companies are also giving £182,500 toward the park's upkeep, cycle paths
and ecology improvements.
There are two primary schools –
Cotgrave Candleby Lane School and Cotgrave CofE Primary School. For secondary
education there's South Nottinghamshire Academy on Cropwell Road in
The area has All Saints' Parish
Church, Cotgrave Methodist Church and Our Lady of Grace.