Deadline to oppose homes plan in Marehay looming

NRHNLM110613D1 - Lorienne Skevington of Warmwells Lane, Ripley is concerned about a development taking place behind her home
NRHNLM110613D1 - Lorienne Skevington of Warmwells Lane, Ripley is concerned about a development taking place behind her home

CONCERNED residents in Marehay have until the end of the month to tell Amber Valley Borough Council what they think about a controversial plan for 400 new homes in the village.

Godwin Developments bought 60 acres of land last January, with the intention of building the homes and creating a million square feet of industry.

The proposed site is between the A38 and B6179 west of Warmwells, on the Old Fords Colliery site.

Many locals are worried about the impact any such development would have on the area, with Tony Simpson, of Belle Vue Avenue, claiming it would be “dreadful”.

Mr Simpson was one of a number of locals to see a document opposing the plans drop through his letterbox.

It has been compiled by fellow locals Jonathan Hunt, of The Gardens, and Tina Pursglove, of Warmwells Lane, and asks residents if they want to see 400 new homes built on their green belt land?

Part of the document reads: “Amber Valley Borough Council has identified a large piece of land in Marehay as a new ‘Potential Strategic Housing Site’.

“It is asking for residents’ comments on this - we have to submit our comments by Friday, September 30.

“We don’t think many residents actually know about it!

“It’s important that quite a few residents respond, otherwise we could see 400 homes and an industrial estate built.”

Mr Simpson claimed: “There have been no planning notices.

“It would be dreadful to have 400 new homes on the doorstep.

“The proposed entrance to the site is not very good and is off a small lane.

“We already have congestion now. Local buses already have enough problems getting up the lane without more traffic being added.”

The document also highlights concerns about the dangers of existing mineshafts and underground tunnels within the area of land and problems with the current infrastructure in Marehay.

Back in May, Godwin Developments said it was planning to invest £500,000 in putting together a ‘masterplan’ for the land.

Residents can send their views on the plans to Community Planning Team, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, DE5 3BT, or email them to communityplanning@ambervalley.gov.uk.

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