Plans to build 350 houses up for discussion

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Councillors will discuss outline plans to build 350 new houses in Ilkeston on Wednesday.

The plans, submitted to Erewash Borough Council by Meath Limited, would see the houses built at privately owned land close to Quarry Hill Road and the Nutbrook Trail.

Sixteen letters of objection were sent to the council from residents living con streets including Little Hallam Farm, Little Hallam Lane, Catherine Avenue and Quarry Hill Road.

Concerns included increase in traffic, flooding, loss of green fields and loss of view.

David Arrowsmith from the Quarry Hill Action Group, said: “We don’t think this development should go ahead. It doesn’t make sense building and tarmacking greenfield when there is a brownfieed site a quarter of a mile away.”

The planning document states that the site was identified in the council’s strategic housing land availability assessment 2012 as an ‘urban extension site which is crucial to meet the housing needs of Ilkeston.

It is also identified in the borough’s five year housing supply needs.

The planning committee of Erewash met last night where the recommendation was that it was approved.