HOMES PLAN UPSETS LOCALS
MORE than 60 houses could be built on land between a primary school and the A50 in Doveridge.
However, Doveridge Parish Council feels that the plan “flies in the face” of its new neighbourhood development plan, which had been years in the making.
The land, between Baker’s Lane and Derby Road, lies across from Doveridge Primary School, a crane-leasing company and the A50 bypass.
The application is by Bellway Homes West Midlands and would include 62 houses, a play area and a large pond to stem the impact of flooding.
It is recommended for approval by Derbyshire Dales District Council and was due to be decided at a meeting last night.
The site already has outline permission for up to 70 homes, granted by the council in September 2015, with this application putting forward the details about how the houses would look, along with layout and landscaping.
The housing mix would be as follows: Two one-bed houses, 18 two-bed houses, two twobed bungalows, 17 three-bed and 23 four-bed houses. Access would be via Derby Road.
A representative for Doveridge Parish Council made the authority’s concerns clear, writing: “We are disappointed that the developers don’t seem to have looked at our Neighbourhood Development Plan which should carry weight and be adhered to before any application is submitted.
“There are many issues that we would have liked to have taken up. The council refused to co-ordinate a meeting for us, saying that it wasn’t in the process, which we find frustrating and disappointing.
“We have put together the issues which are causing us most concerns. There are no public footpaths on this side of Baker’s Lane to allow for safe pedestrian access to the village; this is likely to be a popular route for children to arrive at school.”
The parish council also raised issues regarding the maintenance of hedgerows, underground storage tanks and flood prevention.
District council officers said the speed of vehicles on Baker’s Lane is not thought to be “particularly high” and “a section of footway least five metres wide is expected to be provided”.
“Concerns have previously been expressed with regards to noise from Derby Road for future occupants of the dwellings. The nearest plots to Derby Road are set back some 10 metres from the nearest kerb behind the private access road.”
They say “outstanding issues can be resolved and will not result in fundamental objections to the proposal”.
There are many issues that we would have liked to have taken up with them. Parish Council
Doveridge, where the parish council says the local plan has not been adhered to with the proposed new development