Housing plan shocks village

A BID to build nearly 100 new homes on fields between Waingroves and Codnor has sparked fury among residents.

Shocked villagers were informed of the outline application – for up to 98 houses, a new access road and an open space, including a football pitch, car park and allotments – by letter on Friday.

The 19.5-acre site off Waingroves Road consists of fields, scattered scrub and marshy wetland, and contains hedgerows, trees and a number of well-used footpaths. It is currently used for cattle grazing.

Borough councillor Chris Emmas Williams said: “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing. Since Friday I have had well over 20 complaints.”

There’s a lot of opposition to it and they have my support. The infrastructure doesn’t support that kind of development. There’s only one access road 50 yards from the primary school. Traffic is horrendous already and this is going to make it three times as bad.”

Waingroves Road resident Richard Lomas said: “We live bang opposite where this new road is going. It’s appalling and it’s next door to a primary school. Waingroves Road is also a congested road and it’s a roundabout route.”

Applicant Peveril Housing Ltd, based in Belper, is the residential development subsidiary of Bowmer and Kirkland, one of the UK’s biggest construction, engineering and development firms. An earlier proposal to build between 300 and 400 houses on the site in the 1980s was turned down by Amber Valley Borough Council’s planning committee. An appeal by the firm was later refused by the Secretary of State because it was felt to be a communal piece of land that people used for walks

A bid to get the land recognised as Greenbelt in 2006 was backed by more 200 local people but turned down by councillors.

Cllr Emmas Williams said people in Waingroves and Codnor now planned to organise a public meeting and a petition opposing the proposal.

The latest proposals will go before Amber Valley council’s planning board in September.