Concerns over a second Waingroves homes bid

NRHNBE120124f3, Housing consultation for planned houses in Waingroves.
NRHNBE120124f3, Housing consultation for planned houses in Waingroves.

A PROPOSAL to build 400 more homes in Waingroves has left villagers feeling ‘overwhelmed’ by developers, according to a local councillor.

Sheffield-based Hallam Land Management has outlined a bid to build a mix of affordable and high quality houses on a 51-acre area of land between Peasehill and Queen Street.

The firm says the site, being called the Coppice Farm development, would include an 11-acre community park for public use and 14 acres of employment land.

The proposals come with the news Peveril Homes, of Belper, has launched an appeal against the decision to turn down its bid for a further 98 homes to the east of the village, dubbed the ‘Codgroves’ plan as it would link Codnor and Waingroves together.

Now the prospect of the village being doubled in size is a major worry for residents, according to Ripley town councillor David Williams.

He said: “The Codgroves development is for 98 houses – this one is for 400.

“We would be looking at a further two-and-a-half thousand car routes a day.

“The roads are not built for that volume of traffic.

“I accept there’s a need for affordable housing, but yet we don’t know where we are at the moment. The people feel totally overwhelmed by these planning applications.”

Linda Gillott, 46, of Pit Lane in the village, agrees. She said: “It’s just the size of it. It’s the sheer scale and the impact it will have on the rest of the community.”

According to Hallam Land Management, Amber Valley will be required to deliver 10,000 homes in the borough by 2026.

It says its Coppice Farm bid is in a ‘sustainable location’ outside of the Greenbelt, which it describes as being ‘urban fringe in character’.

Following a public consultation about the proposals held at Mill Hill School in Ripley on Tuesday, January 24, Paul Burton, of Hallam Land Management, said: “Traffic was the main concern and we now need to look at solutions, which could include junction improvements, parking provision, subsidising an improved bus service and other green transport measures.

“Once we have reviewed the feedback and explored solutions ,we will discuss our ideas with the local authority and residents before putting forward proposals.”

The firm has launched an online questionnaire for residents to raise concerns about the proposals. Head to www.coppicefarm.co.uk to fill out the survey.

Also the Planning Inspectorate is now accepting representations from the public regarding the Peveril Homes ‘Codgroves’ bid. The deadline for representations is March 7 and details of how to contact the Planning Inspectorate are available at Amber Valley Borough Council’s website.