Future homes bid calls for opinions

a COUNCIL survey is gathering opinions on the amount of new housing needed over the next 15 years.

Amber Valley Borough Council, Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District are asking people where large housing and other development should - and shouldn’t - be located to accomodate future populations in their combined housing areas.

A series of drop-in events in Amber Valley is underway asking people to comment on housing proposals for Ripley, Alfreton, Langley Mill, Codnor, Swanwick, Kilburn, Somercotes, Duffield, Heanor, Belper and Kirk Langley. An assessment of population change has produced four possible growth figures with four different planning scenarios - and the council have estimated that as many as 50,000 new homes will be needed across the area according to Government projections.

Among the questions posed, the council are asking people how much housing they think should be planned for and which towns - Alfreton, Belper, Heanor, Ripley, Swadlincote - would benefit most from development?

Sylvia Mason, from Waingroves, has launched a campaign group to fight future building proposals in Amber Valley called Support Our Struggle. She said: “Derbyshire is a country county. We don’t want a city. If we did we would move to Derby or Nottingham. We don’t need any more houses or industrial estates or super markets to kill the towens off. Hopefully we can club together and fight this.”

In the Options for Housing Growth in Amber Valley document, the council has said: “The Government’s policy for housing is to ‘ensure that everyone has the opportunity of living in a decent home, which they can afford, in a community where they want to live’ and has signalled the need for many more houses to be built. Even with reductions in vacant properties and maximum use of brownfield land there will still be a need to find room for more housing.”

Amber Valley councillor Liz Bowley, from Ripley, said: “Over the next 15 years the council has to build about 15,000 houses. The proposal at this consultation is to get as many views as possible as to where they could be. Speaking generally, I want to avoid joining up villages and towns and use as many brownfield sites as possible and any areas that can be reclaimed.”

To contact the Community Planning team call 01773 841584, email communityplanning@ambervalley.gov.uk

or write to: Community Planning Team, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, DE5 3BT.