Campaigners rally call on homes bid

NRHNBE111011f2, Sylvia Mason and Amile Mason-Robinson at the site of possible housing development, Waingroves.
NRHNBE111011f2, Sylvia Mason and Amile Mason-Robinson at the site of possible housing development, Waingroves.

RESIDENTS in Waingroves are to mount a ‘last stand’ in a bid to defeat a plan to build 98 houses on green land near their homes.

Grandmother Sylvia Mason, 59, of Waingroves Road, has been instrumental in the ‘Support our Struggle’ Facebook campaign to stop developers building on land surrounding Ripley and Heanor.

The assistant at Ripley Printers has issued a battle cry to villagers yet to submit an objection to the bid by Belper-based Peveril Homes to build 20 acres of new housing on farmland next to Waingroves.

The application is due to be decided at the borough council planning committee on Monday night, by which time all objections must be in. She claims with 2,300 houses already standing empty throughout Amber Valley, the borough council should reject Peveril Homes’ bid and concentrate on developments on brownfield sites.

“They want to rip up the green fields and build on them, while we have all these homes stood empty.

“Why is no-one developing Butterley Brick works? These sorts of places would actually look better if homes were built there.”

Sylvia set up the Support Our Struggle Facebook page that has attracted hundreds of comments since its launch in July.

She says a 20-acre housing development at Waingroves would further lessen the amount of green space available in the area. Currently the National Playing Fields Association (NPFA) recommends there should be a provision of six acres of publicly accessible green space per 1,000 people in a given population.

However in Amber Valley there is currently only five acres per 1,000 people according to the authority’s Play Strategy, outlined in 2010.

Sylvia also added her voice to concerns raised by several protesters about the traffic impact a predicted extra 635 cars would have per day on the already busy Waingroves Road.

Amber Valley Borough Council’s planning board is due to determine Peveril Homes’ application for the houses when it meets on Monday at Ripley Town Hall. The public is free to attend the meeting as well. It is due to start at 7pm.