Decision date set for Stanton plans

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The long-awaited decision on the major planning application for the former Stanton Ironworks looks set to be made next month.

Councillors sitting on Erewash Borough Council will discuss the application for 1,950 homes on February 25.

The development, which would create a new village, would be built on brownfield land and would make up a third of the housing stock that Erewash must fulfil in the next 25 years.

Concerns from people living nearby include the amount of traffic it would create.

Stanton-By-Dale Parish Council have had the application high on their agenda for a long time, and campaign group Green Squeeze have major concerns about the effect the homes and businesses will have on already congested roads in Stanton-by-Dale, Sandiacre and Ilkeston.

Paul Harvey from GreenSqueeze, said that although an amended planning document had been published, no attempt had been made to address the traffic flow.

He said: “People think it’s just a Stanton-By-Dale problem but the implications for traffic right across the borough will be horrific.”

He added: “It has gone on for so long people are weary of it, nothing has happened. But this if the big one. This is for real.”

The parish council will be briefed on the plans by the developers, Saint-Gobain, and planners at the end of January. The parish council will then hold a public meeting to share information with villagers.

The new village would incorporate a neighbourhood centre including retail, restaurants, caf, hotel and community facilities, as well as offices, 150-bed accommodation for the elderly, a primary school a GP surgery, sports pitches and .

A week before the decision will be made, the report by Erewash Borough Council planning officers will be released.