14 homes development ‘will help town centre’

A housing estate on the site of former garages will be a boost to Ilkeston town centre, say councillors, who gave the plan the thumbs up last night.

The now vacant and delapidated Wharnecliffe Garages site, which has been a petrol station and more recently a hand car-wash, will now be converted into 14 homes.

Cllr John Frudd was one of almost all the councillors on Erewash Borough Council’s planning committee who welcomed Lincoln-based Marshgate Properties’ plan.

“The site at the moment, well, you could only improve it,” he said.

And Cllr Howard Griffiths said: “It’s close to bus routes, it’s in spitting distance of the town centre.

“In its little way it will help local shops and the market.”

One member – Ilkeston Central councillor Glennice Birkin – voted against the plan after previous plans to build houses there had been turned dodown.

“These houses are completely out of keeping with the rest of the street scene,” she said.

“And I don’t know how they are going to get 14 houses on there.”

The houses are a mix of semi-detached and terraced, two storey homes. Building work must now start within three years.