VILLAGERS fear losing their rural identity after two plans have been submitted which could see 16 new homes built in Stanley Common.
Last week, councillors gave the go-ahead to a plan by Judith Webster, of West Hallam, to build two detached houses, a pair of semi-detached houses and a bungalow on the site of a former garden centre in Belper Road.
And an application to build five houses and six bungalows on farmland off Common Lane has now been lodged with Erewash Borough Council, leaving residents fearing for the loss of their green space.
Public meetings have been held between the parish council and villagers in the last week to discuss the plan by Leicestershire-based Waterloo Housing, leading to the authority writing a letter of objection to Erewash Borough Council.
Villager Ian Bamford is one of half a dozen neighbours to the site, north of the former Stanley Lodge Farm.
He said: “The village is starting to lose its identity.
“We want to keep the gap between the village and surrounding areas, otherwise, where will it end?
“I have not spoken to anybody in the village that’s in favour of this plan.”
Ian said that there is a brownfield site, opposite the proposed area which would be more suited and which was once the site put forward to be a school.
He said residents are also concerned about the impact on traffic as the development would require a new access road.
“That junction is pretty hairy at the minute,” he said.
“It will only get worse with more cars on the road.”
There are also concerns about wildlife in the area and Mr Bamford has contacted Derbyshire Wildlife Trust about the plan.
The Belper Road site was given the go-ahead last Wednesday despite concerns from neighbours that it would cause a loss of privacy and more noise and traffic.