Work to start at farm after appeal allowed

STOCK:  housing.
STOCK: housing.

Building firm W Westerman Limited has been given the green light to start work on the first 118 houses of Field Farm after the planning inspector granted an appeal.

The developers appealed the decision after the planning committee at Broxtowe Borough Council refused the application the firm had submitted.

A public appeal then took place on December 13, where Stapleford Town Council leader, Councillor Dave Pearson and independent councillor Richard MacRae both spoke out against the proposed development.

The decision, which was made by a planning inspector on February 13, will now see work start to build the 118 houses on the land on Ilkeston Road, Stapleford.

The council stated concerns over whether the proposals would provide an ‘acceptably designed housing development which would respond adequately to the character and appearance of the immediate surroundings’.

The appeal related to a rectangular shape of farmland of around 4.3 hectares situated just beyond the present northern built-up extent of Stapleford.

Inspector Jonathan Price stated in his report: “I find the council’s view that the layout would be unacceptable due to not being firmly rooted in, and appearing to develop naturally from the existing fields, somewhat nebulous.

“My reading of the layout is that it would respond adequately to the quite limited changes in character across the site and would offer the through-views sought towards the lagoon, the stream and Stapleford Hill.

“I consider the house designs, layouts and densities generally acceptable, therefore, the overall design quality proposed would not be poor or result in significant or demonstrable harm.

“The proposals would provide an acceptably designed housing development which would respond adequately to the character and appearance of the immediate surroundings and for these reasons I conclude that the appeal should be allowed.”