a SERIES of consultation events have taken place over a bid to build a brand new village near Denby.
Traffic issues, tackling toxic acid tar pits and questions about the number of houses involved were among the concerns raised by residents who attended in Denby, Belper, Ripley and Kilburn.
Commercial estates Group CEG want to build up to 3,000 new homes on land east of the A38 and north of Denby Bottles, together with space for new businesses, schools and health services.
Amber Valley planning officer Rob Thorley said the council-run consultation events “went very well”.
He said: “We had a lot of interest. At Denby we had 200 people in total. We were very busy in Belper and all of them really.”
Mr Thorley said traffic was a big issue for those attending - and in particular whether or not a new junction at the A38 would be required.
Another question that was often asked was ‘how are you going to remedy the tar pits’? He said.
But Mr Thorley added: “In terms of sorting that out a developer would have to find a way.”
The other issue is how much housing there will be.
Mr Thorley said: “If you provide less housing you may not be able to provide as many new services - it would be less self-contained as a settlement.
“If you have more housing, the negative is that it will have a greater environmental impact on the Greenfield parts of the site.”
Last night yet more protests were due to take place at Ripley Town Hall. Campaigners wanting to see green sites removed from the Amber Valley’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment were due to take banners to the authority’s monthly meeting.
Leading the campaign Sylvia Mason said protesters were largely concerned with the issue of the tar pits at Cinderhill and the possible volume of homes planned the site.
Anyone still wishing to have their say on the ongoing consultations can now head to Amber Valley’s website, write into the community planning team at Amber Valley or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.