99 homes plan to be decided

A controversial plan to build 99 homes in Smalley has been recommended for approval by council officers.

Residents fear the plan by Peveril Homes could cause traffic problems.

The proposal for land south of Heanor Road, also includes provision for public open space and a path to Delves Road.

Once added to the 60 lorry movements a day from the nearby UK Coal opencast site and a projected 60 trucks coming off the Denby mine site onto Heanor Road residents predict traffic chaos.

There is also a plan to build 83 homes at Adale Road.

The 13.5-acre site for the 99 homes currently is farm land, but has approval for a change to industrial use, which has not been implemented since it was granted in December 2011.

In a statement accompanying the planning application, for 99 homes, Belper-based Peveril said: “There are no features of any significance on the site and there are no significant views onto or off the site that are worth preserving or generating except offering perimeter units a view south to the current open landscape and long views from the surrounding countryside.”

The parish council and a number of residents have objected to the scheme.

The plans are due to be voted on by Amber Valley Borough Council on Monday (July 15) at a meeting in Ripley.