Plans to build a ‘new village’ with almost 2,000 homes at Stanton are making progress, developers have revealed.
Until now there had been little update on the proposals since the application was submitted at the start of last year.
This week the Advertiser contacted the developer Saint Gobain to find out when a decision was due to be made on the masterplan for one of the largest brownfield sites in the country.
Murray Lloyd, from the company, said: “We are working through issues with the local authority about the nature of the site, with it being such a large site. The involvement of two different parts of the site means the timing has been drawn out more than anybody would have wanted.
“One of the things is that we are waiting to hear from Derbyshire County Council about the restoration of Grove Farm tip over the coming decades.”
He said: “It is not a fail proof system. There are environmental statements and ecology reports, which if are not done on time will need to be renewed.”
Stanton-by-Dale Parish Council plan to discuss the development at its next meeting on September 11.
Councillor Claire Gallagher said the application seemed to have ‘stood still’ but was still high on the parish council’s agenda, especially regarding traffic issues.
She said: “It’s still a major concern that no plans have been put in for traffic issues. They are planning to deal with that as and when problems occur – it’s ridiculous.”
A three-month consultation with residents took place last year.
Neighbours, in particular campaign group Green Squeeze, have major concerns about the effect the homes and businesses will have on already congested roads in Stanton-by-Dale, Sandiacre and Ilkeston.
After seeing the plans, Paul Harvey from the group said: “For four years we have heard nothing but ‘there’s traffic modelling taking place’ but it doesn’t look like anything has been done.
“They do say quite categorically that they expect traffic to find alternative routes, which means rat-runs and back streets.
A spokesman for Erewash Borough Council said: “The negotiations with St Gobain are on-going and no date has yet been set for it to go to a committee meeting.”