Homes plan working group calls for figures

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A WORKING group formed to discuss a possible new housing site at Hardy Barn near Heanor met on Wednesday night.

The Green Belt site has been included on a long list of possible locations for more than 500 homes as part of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

Since then the Save Heanor’s Green Belt group has mounted opposition to the plans.

Around 20 concerned residents met with a cross bench board Amber Valley Borough councillors and planning officers at Ripley Town Hall on Wednesday.

Residents called on the council to produce a report on the availability of Brownfield land around the borough. Other residents called to see definite figures of housing targets the borough is expected to meet by 2028.

Campaigner Leonie George, 45, of Breach Road, Langley, said: “We put forward our points about how the town can be regenerated through empty properties. What became clear was how unclear the processes are - we need to see finalised figures of how many houses need to be built before we start building on Green Belt.”

Officers are due to write back to the residents with answers to their questions. The working group may reconvene at a later date.