Support for 14 homes plan ahead of decision

A plan to build 14 homes on the site of former garages in Ilkeston has received backing from a councillor ahead of a meeting to discuss it.

Despite being a member of Erewash Borough Council’s planning committee, Labour councillor Howard Griffiths took the unusual step of speaking out in favour of the plan for the Wharnecliffe Garages site before he and other councillors were due to vote on it.

“There are compelling reasons for saying ‘yes’ to this,” he explained.

“These homes will be in walking distance to our market and Bath Street.”

He said the council ‘would find it very hard’ to turn down an application for the site to become another garage.

“But I don’t think that would be in the best interests of the residents,” he said.

“Let’s secure it as residential use – particularly when councils are agreeing to build on greenbelt because of a perceived national lack of houses.”

The council has received three letters of objection to the plan by Lincoln-based Marshgate Properties from the same address in New Lawn Road, behind the site.

The meeting was due to take place last night (Wednesday) at Long Eaton Town Hall. For the result see our website.