Plan for 300 homes is ‘imminent’

NILABE111026b2, Quarry hill road residents worried about the loss of grazing for horses.
NILABE111026b2, Quarry hill road residents worried about the loss of grazing for horses.
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A controversial plan to build 300 homes on green fields in Ilkeston could be lodged with the council soon, it has been revealed.

Neighbours to the proposed site off Quarry Hill Road are furious with the plans which they say will push more traffic on to already congested roads.

The news that a developer has shown an interest in building on the land was announced at Erewash Borough Council’s core strategy discussions last month.

This week campaigner David Arrowsmith has questioned why planners will not consider building new roads in Erewash’s greenbelt to cope with the extra traffic from the Quarry Hill development, the proposed 1,950-home plan at Stanton and 450 homes set to be built at nearby Field Farm, Stapleford.

Head of planning Steve Birkinshaw said that £8m of improvements have been planned in for roads to cope with the extra traffic.

But Mr Arrowsmith, of the Quarry Hill Action Group said that was nowhere near enough.

“If the population is expanding, why can’t these areas take the pressure off the rest of Erewash?” he asked.

Last year, the council created its core strategy document, which said it needed to build more than 6,000 homes in the borough over the next 15 years.

The document was discussed at six days of meetings last month.

An independent inspector chaired discussions recently to which campaigners, including the action group, were invited.

Mr Arrowsmith pointed out that 70 per cent of the 6,000 new homes will be built in Ilkeston.

“Seventy per cent isn’t sustainable without major transport infrastructure changes,” he added.