A LIFELONG Marehay resident has spoken of her fears over a potential major development near her home.
Nottingham-based Godwin Developments has taken a 17-year option on land between the A38 and B6179 west of Warmwells Lane.
Loriene Skevington, 75, from Warmwells Lane, says she would not want to stay in her house, where she has lived since 1968, if the proposals to turn the 60-acre Greenbelt site into a mixture of housing and industry get the go ahead.
The former Ripley librarian of 15 years fears the development would cause misery for her as it would spoil the rural view from her back garden and cause a major increase in traffic on Warmwells Lane.
She said: “It will all just be houses behind here instead of the countryside and it will devalue all of the properties around here.”
Loriene said she has walked on the land behind her home since she was a child and has fond memories of walking up Cally Hill, a mound of trees planted during the restoration of the old Cally Pit in the 1950s.
Angela Jones, 58, from Derby Road in Marehay has already played a key role in two petitions aimed at stopping major developments in Marehay.
But even Angela said the new development proposals would be harder to fight than previous defunct schemes because Godwin Developments’ plan to build new houses, which will be a neccessity in years to come.
She said: This is a slightly different scenario. In the next ten or so years we are going to need houses. But I really feel for the people up there and I support them entirely.
“I know I would not want that building behind my house at all.”
Development director of Godwin Developments Stephen Pratt has said the land is a ‘long term strategy’ and says it is unlikely a plan will be submitted for the proposals within the next two years.
He added: “We are working with the planning department to make sure everyone’s needs in the locality are reflected.
“The infrastructure has to be exactly right and the timing has to be right. We are really looking at the benefits it can bring to Ripley over the next ten to 15 years.”
Last month Ripley town centre traders voiced concerns that the development might take trade away from the town. Mr Pratt has now ruled out plans for a ‘retail centre’ on the site.