a BID to build a brand new village of between 1,000 and 3,000 homes near Denby could solve housing pressures in Amber Valley.
Commercial Estates Group (CEG) want to build the new homes on land east of the A38 and north of Denby Bottles, together with new employment, schools, health services and road improvements.
The Cinderhill Opposition Group (COG) has warned the site is a potential “death trap” after scientific tests revealed the presence of carcinogenic acid tar pockets and a similar development bid failed in 2008.
Amber Valley Borough Council’s community planning manager Robert Thorley said: “It would remain a fundamental requirement for any development in this location to secure the remediation of the tar pits and other derelict and contaminated land.
“Although a ‘new settlement’ would be a housing-led development, it could also provide new employment development, together with a new local centre, including shopping, educational, health and other community facilities.
“It could provide improvements to local infrastructure and community facilities, including shops, schools, health facilities and public open space. It could reduce the pressure to identify strategic sites on the edge of the borough’s towns, particularly Belper and Ripley, as well as on the edge of Derby.”
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Leader of Ripley Town Council, Councillor Steve Freeborn, said: “I fail to see that the solution they’ve put forward addresses the issues of contamination. Previous efforts fell by the wayside because of those problems – because of the costs it wasn’t deemed to be viable. I dont see the economic situation makes it any more viable now.”
Cllr Norman Bull said: “It’s an old chestnut that’s been on the burner for 25 to 30 years. All in all it’s a huge tract of land that wants something doing with it. We will have to look at it in proper detail. There will be the usual protests and cries of anguish – but one day it will have to be addressed. Whoever does that will be villified or sanctified.”