Housing bid passed despite protests

Protesters outside housing development on Lockton Avenue Heanor.
Protesters outside housing development on Lockton Avenue Heanor.

A ‘high density’ homes scheme at Lockton Avenue, Heanor was narrowly approved- despite concerns it will not provide enough elderly accommodation.

Amber Valley Borough Council’s planning board passed the Futures Homescape scheme for 16 family houses, 10 elderly persons bungalows and six flats on the site of the former Delves Court elderly bungalows, by a single vote majority.

But neighbour Christine Smith, who gathered 58 names on a petition against the bid, said at the meeting: “The people that live near this development have always asked for this to be replaced with bungalows.

“The elderly population is growing and the problem is going to get worse - we need action to build homes for older people now.”

Heanor East Cllr Paul Jones added: “I have no objection to the development on this site – my objection is to the mix of houses - it represents a 66 per cent reduction in elderly bungalows on that site. We should be looking to build for the future.”

For Futures project manager Nick Wilder said the scheme would be of ‘exceptional quality’, replacing bungalows that were so run down - “they were like something from East Germany,” he said.

He added that all of the residents moved from the former Delves Court complex were offered first refusal at the new accommodation and that the need for affordable housing was as great as the need for elderly bungalows in Heanor.