Breaking news: Saint Gobain withdrawns application for 2,000 homes at Stanton ironworks site

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A planning application for 2,000 homes the site of the former Stanton ironworks has been withdrawn.

French firm Saint-Gobain PAM released a statement saying it felt it had no choice because the plans would be turned down. It said:“We can confirm that we have withdrawn our application for planning permission on our Stanton Ironworks site at Lows Lane.

“Despite having worked together with the council throughout the application process and addressed all 11 key concerns of the council, it was clear that a refusal was likely to be the outcome, so we felt there was no other alternative than to withdraw.

“If successful, development of this site would have created 2,000 new and affordable homes for the area of Stanton, supporting the local housing policy to address the current housing shortage. It would have created 22 hectares of employment land, as well as supported the need to preserve green belt areas by redeveloping existing brownfield sites.

“We believe the use of this site would have positively impacted the local community.

“We will be considering all future options in respect of the site.”

Erewash Borough Council were due to meet tomorrow to decide on the application. Last week we reported that it looked set to be thrown out for a total of 11 reasons, including traffic concerns.