Opposition as ‘Codgroves’ plans goes to an appeal

NRHNBE110712c1, Waingroves and codnor residents dont want more houses and traffic.
NRHNBE110712c1, Waingroves and codnor residents dont want more houses and traffic.

A BID to build 98 new homes between Codnor and Waingroves has been relaunched – sparking opposition from both villages.

Belper-based Peveril Homes has appealed to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate after its proposal for land known as ‘Codgroves’ was turned down by Amber Valley Borough Council in October last year.

A petition with 500 signatures was presented to the council on Monday night, calling for the 20-acre area of farmland to be granted greater protection.

Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams said: “When the inspector did the last Local Plan in 2005 he didn’t see that the land could be Greenbelt. But he said there should be a greater protection for this area than provided by policy EN1. The report said the land’s status should reflect ‘its importance in providing a break between the adjoining areas of the two villages.’”

In October 2011, the borough council’s planning committee voted unanimously against officers’ recommendations to approve the homes plan, which also included a football pitch with a car park, allotments and a play area.

Councillors said the proposal did not meet policy EN1 of the Local Plan, which states any countryside development can only take place when it cannot reasonably be built within an existing settlement.

Residents lad also successfully fought a similar plan to build 250 homes on the land 24 years ago.

Of the new appeal, Cllr Emmas-Williams said: “I half expected this to be honest. I am disappointed that they have done this. I don’t feel it was a good application. Their transport plan, I don’t think, reflected reality. Everybody who lives here knows there are traffic problems. When we had the site meeting councillors saw that the traffic ground to a halt! If you’re not careful all the green wedges between villages will be built on and you will have one big conurbation.”

However, a spokesman for Peveril Homes said a traffic survey shows that there is “adequate capacity to take the extra traffic” and the view is supported by the Highways Authority, he said.

He added: “Peveril Homes wishes to develop the green space around the proposed housing development to give more residents the opportunity to enjoy the space. The land is currently used for low-level agricultural purposes, with a small amount of cattle grazing.”

Peveril Homes say the council has been unable to meet the Regional Plan housing target for the past three years and 641 homes need to be built per year over the next five years.

The development comprises 7.4 acres of housing and 12.1 acres – or 62 percent – of open space.

There will now be an informal hearing for people to put their views forward at a date and venue to be arranged. People have until February 1 to make their objections.

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