HOMES PLAN UPSETS LOCALS

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­field@ash­bourne­new­stele­graph.co.uk

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

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