Green light given to 99 new homes

green light Amber Valley's assistant director of planning and regeneration Derek Stafford  explains a detail on the application for 99 homes on land off Heanor Road in Smalley
green light Amber Valley's assistant director of planning and regeneration Derek Stafford explains a detail on the application for 99 homes on land off Heanor Road in Smalley

Permission to build 99 new homes on greenfield land in Smalley has been granted by a council planning board.

The green light was given to a proposal by Peveril Homes to build the homes on a 5.86 hectare plot of greenfield land south of Heanor Road.

But at the Amber Valley Borough Council meeting an amendment to review the proportion of affordable housing at a later date was added by Cllr Alan Cox.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson said the Heanor Road scheme was ‘a good application’ which ‘is part of what should be a mixed-used development’.

But Cllr Cox said: “I am against this as it stands. I want at least 20 per cent affordable housing.”

The developer offered to build seven affordable houses on the site, saying that current economic conditions made it unviable to make 30 per cent of the build affordable.

A report said the council must ‘either accept that the development is unviable with 30 per cent affordable housing’ or accept the applicants’ offer.

Cllr Brian Gration warned that the Heanor and Langley Mill area has the highest levels of unemployment in the borough and that employment land would be needed ahead of an economic recovery.

He said: “Once the recession is over we will need employment land.”

Cllr Parkinson is confident Amber Valley will soon receive another application for the southern half of the site which is earmarked for employment development.

He said there had so far been no success in making the site attractive to inward investment because the infrastucture does not exist yet.

The parish council objected to the scheme with concerns about traffic problems, citing lorry movements day from nearby mines.

The site, currently used for farming, was granted permission for employment use in 2008.