Stanton: ‘Inspector has not listened’

Plans for the proposed development at Stanton.
Plans for the proposed development at Stanton.

An inspector’s conclusions after two weeks of talks about the planned Stanton development have left campaigners ‘hugely disappointed’.

Green Squeeze oppose plans to link the 1,1950-home village planned for the ex-ironworks with roads through greenbelt.

MDL090620D1 - Its a pants idea! Protest against access roads to the new stanton site by campaign group Green Squeeze

MDL090620D1 - Its a pants idea! Protest against access roads to the new stanton site by campaign group Green Squeeze

The group believe that after two weeks of talks in May, inspector Mike Moore has sided with developer Saint-Gobain.

“In addition to appearing ourselves we spent many thousands of pounds on planning and traffic consultants to challenge things from a legal aspect as well,” said chairman Paul Harvey.

“We were hugely disappointed to discover that in spite of all our efforts not one single issue raised by us had been mentioned.”

The group argued that increased traffic would have a severe impact on communities including Stanton-by-Dale and Dale Abbey.

“We spent days at the hearing hammering this point,” said Mr Harvey. “We even hired one of the top traffic consultants in the country who plainly told the hearing that Saint-Gobain’s figures were flawed and the roads in Erewash could not support the increased vehicles from the development.”

“Not one of them has been acknowledged in a document that is supposed to reflect the concerns and wishes of the local community,” he added.

The group has now written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, Planning Minister Nick Boles and others, expressing their concerns.

Talks in May were to discuss Erewash Borough Council’s core strategy – a document detailing plans for the next 15 years, including Stanton.

No mention was made in the document recommended by the inspector of the impact of increased traffic.

Planning Minister Nick Boles told the ‘Tiser last month that a link road along the M1 could be an option.