Developers 'lining up' to build in Derbyshire near former 'toxic' tips

Housing developers are said to be lining up to build on a raft of Derbyshire sites next to former toxic tips and acid pits.

Tuesday, 28th July 2020, 9:43 am

Documents seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service show that schemes including hundreds of homes in Somercotes and Denby are attracting heavy attention.

Amber Valley Borough Council put out a call for sites to include in its next Local Plan – a blueprint for future development up to 2038.

The inclusion in this plan is a solid way for developers to fast-track their schemes.

The proposed site at Denby

Developers Harworth Group and Pegasus Group hosted public consultation events in September for the huge Denby site known as Cinderhill, alongside the A38 north of Denby Bottles.

The firms said they had reduced their plans from 3,000 homes to 1,200 and scrapped an aim for a new A38 junction.

This was to avoid building on any green belt land, but also meant the firms could not afford to remediate the local area’s historic acid tar pits, a legacy of industrialisation.

The firms did show how they were aiming to treat the affected land substantially to prevent it from spreading into the area it wished to develop.

The dangerously acidic area would then be fenced off to prevent all access.

Only by building more homes and business space could the firms afford to remediate the tar pits and build the A38 junction, they said.

They had said they would look to build a reduced offer of 1,200 homes, a primary school, with space for shops and 12 acres of employment space.

However, Pegasus has now submitted the original scheme – 3,000 homes and an A38 junction – to the council’s call for sites.

This would also include 40 acres of space for new businesses, a 3.5-acre “local centre” with health services and shops and a three-acre site for a primary school.

Remediation of the former acid tar pits now seems to be back on the table, too.

Pegasus says in its call for site submission: “Whilst a fence has been partially erected to prevent access, a long-term solution will be required as part of any future planning application.

“Consultants have investigated remediation options, which would be presented as part of the planning application submission and assessed through an Environmental Impact Assessment.”

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