New group takes on home plan fight

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A WORKING group formed to discuss a possible new housing site on the outskirts of Ilkeston last Wednesday night.

The Green Belt site at Hardy Barn near Shipley has been included on a long list of possible locations for more than 500 homes as part of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

We revealed at the time that campaigners fighting proposals for housing developments in Illkeston were concerned at the impact this plan could have on our town and the existing infrastructure.

When put alongside plans for housing on the American Adventure site, the two proposed developments in Manor Floods and Quarry Hill, plus the Stanton site, it even led some residents to raise concerns all these new homes could create a ‘city of Ilkeston’.

Since then the Save Heanor’s Green Belt action group has also opposed the plans.

Around 20 concerned residents met with a cross bench board Amber Valley Borough councillors and planning officers at Ripley Town Hall on Wednesday.

Residents called on the council to produce a report on the availability of brownfield land around the borough.

Other residents called to see definite figures of housing targets the borough is expected to meet by 2028.

Campaigner Leonie George, 45, of Breach Road, Langley, said: “What became clear was how unclear the processes are – we need to see finalised figures of how many houses need to be built before we start building on Green Belt.

“The land is absolutely prime natural land. Why take it? You’ll never get that back.”

Officers are due to write back to the residents with answers to their questions.

The working group may reconvene at a later date.