Homes could replace tip

A former Amber Valley Borough Council owned landfill site in Marlpool could be turned into 25 houses.

The two-and-a-half acre parcel of land to the rear of Old Coppice Side was previously used to dispose of construction materials.

Now the authority says Dublin based Darby Property Trading Company has approached officers with a view to buying the land and building 25 homes on it.

The company currently has planning permission to convert the nearby vacant Country Park Tavern into an old people’s home and according to a report by the council - “believes the contamination of the council’s land can be remedied.”

Heanor West Cllr Paul Jones said: “I’ve got no problem against this is principal.

“It’s a proverbial blot on the landscape and the sooner we get rid of it the better.”

The council is now set to enter into a ‘subject to planning consent approval’ deal with the developer to purchase the site.

The cost of the overgrown land, which backs onto Shipley Country Park, is not yet known.

However the move could be blocked if a village green application on the site, lodged in 2010 and including Lockton Avenue playing fields , is approved by Derbyshire County Council.