Green light for homes development

A plan for 59 homes was granted on land off Aldercar Lane and Cromford Road, Aldercar.
A plan for 59 homes was granted on land off Aldercar Lane and Cromford Road, Aldercar.

A housing plan for 59 homes at Aldercar has been given the go ahead, despite protests that the site would have no 
affordable housing or community benefit.

Loughborough-based William Davis Ltd was given approval to build the spacious three and four-bedroomed properties off Aldercar Lane in one of the most deprived areas of the borough at the latest Amber Valley Borough Council planning board meeting.

The borough council’s planning policy asks for 30 per cent of any housing schemes to be affordable homes.

But the district valuer said the plan would not be economically ‘viable’ for a developer if that were the case.

The firm offered no ‘section 106’ money to pay for community improvements and none of the homes will be rentable or social housing.

Planning board councillors said it would be hard to turn down the scheme when permission had already been granted on the same site for 109 homes in 2008. Though developers Millers Homes never went through with the build.

Cllr Bob Moon told the meeting at Ripley Town Hall: “We can’t object to the principal of housing on this site as we’ve already accepted this in the past.

“But usually when we have a planning application before us we get some planning gain, but as far as I can see with this there is nothing at all.”

The scheme was approved on the basis William Davis agreed to review the affordable housing provision once 75 per cent of the homes are built.

But Langley Mill and Aldercar councillor Eileen Hamilton raised a number of concerns with the build during public speaking.

She said the traffic impact assessment of the build on Cromford Road only took into account data from 2008 – before Asda and Mcdonald’s were built nearby.

And on the lack of service provision in the area she said: “Need I remind members that we don’t have a doctors, a dentists or any other sort of services here!”

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