Affordable homes boost for Swad


Burton Mail - - News - By BEN WAL­DRON ben­jamin.wal­dron@reach­

THE num­ber of affordable homes in South Der­byshire could be boosted in a rare move as plans are sub­mit­ted to build more than 20 in Swadlin­cote.

“Affordable hous­ing” can be for those look­ing to rent or to buy. When it comes rent­ing, the price per month should be no more than 80 per cent of the lo­cal av­er­age mar­ket rent.

For those who buy, mort­gage pay­ments on affordable homes should be no more than what is paid in rent for coun­cil houses – and still be­low mar­ket lev­els.

Land in Sta­ley Close, just a short walk away from Mau­rice Lea Me­mo­rial Park could be the site for up to 22 affordable houses, un­der plans sub­mit­ted to the plan­ning com­mit­tee at South Der­byshire District Coun­cil.

The homes would be de­vel­oped and man­aged by Derby-based firm Der­went Liv­ing, and would see three two-bed bun­ga­lows, four two-bed houses and 15 three-bed houses built on the site.

Three sep­a­rate let­ters of ob­jec­tion from peo­ple liv­ing near the site have been sub­mit­ted to the district coun­cil, raising con­cerns re­gard­ing po­ten­tial over­look­ing, noise lev­els and the pos­si­ble de­val­u­a­tion of prop­erty.

The High­ways Au­thor­ity has not ob­jected the plan – and nei­ther did en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers. The ap­pli­ca­tion says as the site is 5,600sq me­tres, roughly 20 per cent should be made up of wood­land plant­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional For­est Com­pany. But there is not suf­fi­cient space for this to hap­pen, so a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion of £3,850 has been re­quested in­stead.

Con­cerns have been raised by the Coal Au­thor­ity as the site is close to three mine en­trances.

How­ever, fol­low­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a min­ing risk as­sess­ment from the ap­pli­cant, it was found that the en­tries do not lie within the site bound­ary. How­ever, mea­sures have been urged to mit­i­gate col­lapse risk.

The pro­pos­als will be dis­cussed by the plan­ning com­mit­tee of the district coun­cil on Tues­day.

Artist’s im­pres­sion and plans for the site

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