Plan for 350 new homes is approved

File photo dated 22/01/2008 of new homes in South Derbyshire as annual house price growth reached double figures for the first time in nearly three years during April, research showed today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 29, 2010. The average cost of a UK home rose by 10.5% during the 12 months to the end of April, the first time annual house price inflation has reached double figures since June 2007, according to Nationwide.  The rate was boosted by a 1% jump in house prices during April itself, leaving the average home costing �167,802. See PA story ECONOMY House. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 22/01/2008 of new homes in South Derbyshire as annual house price growth reached double figures for the first time in nearly three years during April, research showed today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 29, 2010. The average cost of a UK home rose by 10.5% during the 12 months to the end of April, the first time annual house price inflation has reached double figures since June 2007, according to Nationwide. The rate was boosted by a 1% jump in house prices during April itself, leaving the average home costing �167,802. See PA story ECONOMY House. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A development of 350 new homes in Ilkeston has been given the go ahead by Erewash Borough Council.

The outline plan, which would see the homes built on land off Quarry Hill Road, was voted through by the majority of the planning committee on Wednesday night.

Three residents spoke at the start of the meeting, raising concerns about increase in traffic, loss of privacy and flooding.

David Walker, who lives close to the proposed development, said: “This development is born out of sheer panic to build houses.

“I don’t know why it is being considered because that place will flood. I can’t understand why anyone would build 350 houses on a bog.”

However, he was told that the Environment Agency had concluded that the site would not flood.

The council’s head of planning, Steve Birkinshaw, said that Derbyshire County Council has raised no objections regarding highways.

In proposing that the recommendation be approved, Councillor Val Clare , said: “It is not agricultural land and is not in the greenbelt. It is important to have additional housing in the area and this seems a site that is appropriate.”

Other councillors welcomed the jobs that the building of the homes would provide in the area, as well as the additional bus services.

The development will help the council meet its needs for new houses in the borough.