Yes to homes despite strong disapproval

A decision to refuse permission for five houses and six bungalows on green belt land has been overturned by a planning inspector.

Members of Erewash Borough Council’s planning committee had objected to the development over concerns they effected the openness of the greenbelt.

But an appeal by the developer over the land near Common Lane, Stanley Common was approved by the inspector who ruled that the new homes met a need for cheap, affordable housing.

John Frudd, Erewash councillor for Kirk Hallam, said the appeal decision would be a ‘wake up call’ as affordable housing was needed.

But, Howard Griffiths, councillor for Derby Road East, said there was already plenty of affordable housing and the decision could spell disaster for green belt land in the rest of the borough.

In other planning matters, residents have been given another 14 days to respond to proposals for ten new houses on the site of a nearby former factory.

It emerged during the meeting that the original plans did not include a small triangle of land belonging to a house on nearby Nursery Hollow.

So members voted in line with planning officers recommendations to reconsider the application in April’s committee meeting.