Villagers in Stanton-by-Dale told: ‘Don’t let them walk all over us’

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Villagers are being urged to have a final say about the impact a proposed major housing development would have on their lives.

The 1,950 home plan for Stanton Village, at the former Stanton ironworks, looks set to be approved by Erewash Borough council on February 25.

People living in Stanton-By-Dale turned out in their droves for a meeting called by the parish council on Monday night. They were told about concerns that Erewash Borough Council had about the latest amended plan, and were urged to get their objections in for the huge proposal, which was first put forward in 2008 when it comprised of 7,000 new homes.

Many people living close to the proposed development fear that no plan has been put into place to deal with traffic issues, such as the roads in and out of the site.

The packed meeting, at the village hall, heard that though the plan was likely to be approved, no developer had shown any interest in the Saint Gobain owned site as yet.

Councillor Paul Harvey told villagers: “It will be approved, it’s about what you can still do now. The village has to be fully involved to make a difference. There is just enough time to object - get involved or they will walk all over us.”

In answer to a resident’s question, Wayne Major, from Derbyshire County Council Highways, said the authority would not recommend the proposal was refused or accepted until Saint Gobain had answered its questions.

To date the authority has had no response from Saint Gobain about how traffic will ne mitigated.

Councillors said they were told at a previous meeting that traffic will be impacted across the network.

At one point at the meeting, - which saw three of Erewash’s parliamentary candidates for the upcoming election stand up to speak- chair Claire Gallagher feared it was in danger of becoming a ‘party political broadcast’. She asked UKIP candidate Philip Rose where he had been for the past five years.

She went on to tell residents: “They (the planning committee) will be moved by speeches because we are the people it affects. If you don’t feel brave enough to speak then just come along and speak in the public gallery.”

Saint Gobain had not commented at the time of going to press.