New homes bid sparks protest

NRHNBE110712c1, Waingroves and codnor residents dont want more houses and traffic.
NRHNBE110712c1, Waingroves and codnor residents dont want more houses and traffic.

A SCHEME to build nearly 100 new homes between Waingroves and Codnor sparked a public meeting last Wednesday where people voiced safety fears for their children.

Around 240 people attended the meeting, organised by Waingroves Community Association (WCA), to protest against an outline application to build up to 98 houses, a new access road and open spaces on 19.5-acres of fields off Waingroves Road.

A sample letter of objection given to residents, said the application would cause “intolerable traffic congestion.” Councillor Chris Emmas-Williams said: “All the people who asked questions were concerned and upset. Their major concern is about the amount of traffic and the safety of their children. Lots of children use Waingroves Road to get to Mill Hill School and it becomes a bottleneck.”

WCA chairman John Stamp said: “We have been fighting for 24 years to maintain the green area between Waingroves and Codnor and their separate identities.” He said the plan would mean a 25 per cent increase in houses and 646 extra traffic movements per day, adding there were fears that the development might even expand to as many as 200 new houses.

Resident Margaret Pepper said: “Children’s safety is the priority. We don’t want flowers on the road – perish the thought. The meeting was a huge success and it brought home the true feelings residents have against this estate.”

The application will now be determined by the Planning Board after a site meeting has taken place.

Applicant Peveril Housing Ltd, based in Belper, declined to comment on the objections. The company is owned by Bowmer and Kirkland, one of the UK’s biggest construction, engineering and development firms.

Developer Peveril Housing Ltd was unavailable for comment.