TRAFFIC concerns dominated discussions about the plan to build thousands of homes on the former Stanton ironworks at a political hustings last week.
At the event organised by campaign group Green Squeeze on Thursday, leader of Erewash Borough Council Cllr Chris Corbett revealed site owners Saint-Gobain may not submit a plan until 2012.
Tory Cllr Corbett, leader of Erewash Labour group Cllr Howard Griffiths, Liberal Democrat candidate for Stanton-by-Dale Martin Garnett, and independent Cllr Angela Nisbet, answered questions from the 100-strong audience, at Risley Village Hall, ahead of the elections on May 5.
Cllr Corbett said that a traffic model would probably not be made available until the end of this year followed by a planning application.
He said that he expects there to be 2,000 houses built over a period of 20 years at a rate of 100 houses per year.
He said: “I’m not prepared to see a road through green belt. I would love to see a junction 25a from the M1. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
“But I don’t think the highways authority will agree.”
He said the ideal outcome would see a mixture of industrial, commercial and residential uses on the site.
However, Mr Garnett believes the major emphasis should be on industry.
“It should be an integrated estate, in which housing provided is complimentary to any industry on the estate,” he added.
And Cllr Griffiths wants there to be no housing on the site at all.
He said: “When I look at the demise of our town centres I cannot see the point of having them rot away and new houses being built on the periphery.”
Instead he wants developers to look at industrial and leisure uses for the site, such as wildlife areas, rather than housing or shops.
“Erewash needs a new town like it needs a hole in the head,” he added. “What we need are jobs and good infrastructure. There are existing problems in Sandiacre that need curing first.”
But Angela Nisbet, currently an independent borough councillor for Sandiacre disagreed that the site should be industrial.
“As far as I can see, industry is dead,” she said. “Our factories are redundant.”
About the traffic situation she accused people of ‘living in silos’ and said they needed to look at the ‘bigger picture’ of transport problems across the whole of Erewash.
The Advertiser exclusively revealed Saint-Gobain’s plans for the site last summer.