Plans for 80 houses in Long Eaton approved

Revised plans to build 80 houses on the site of a former lace factory in Long Eaton have been approved by the planning committee of Erewash Borough Council.

Outline planning permission for the brown field site at Bennett Street, which used to be home to Britannia and Portland Mills, was originally approved in October 2012.

The plans have since been revised and will now see the developers, Wade Furniture Group Ltd, foot the full cost of £250.000 needed to build a bridge over the canal from Britannia Road.

All members of the planning committee voted in favour of the plans, which will see 20 per cent of the development sold as affordable housing.

The site contains an old factory chimney, which was the reason for the only objection to the plans. Town historian Keith Reedman asked the committee in October if they would put a condition on to retain the historic chimney, but they refused.

Councillor Kevin Miller said: “This is a perfect building site being a brown field site but lots of people will be upset about the chimney going.”

The plans were also welcomed by Cllr Linda McGraw who said the houses would be well built, robust and affordable.

Councillor Edward Bishop said: “It’s better than using green belt sites. I’ll be glad to see as many houses built as possible if it keeps them off Quarry Hill.”