Anger sparked as developers eye up open space in Chellaston
OPEN space in Chellaston is once again being eyed by developers wanting to build nearly 200 homes.
Bellway Homes has unveiled its proposals for the development of about 190 properties which would be built off Holmleigh Way.
They would be on land which Derby City Council and neighbouring South Derbyshire District Council have already identified is suitable for the housing expansion needed to accommodate the 33,000 required in the area over the next 16 years.
But the plans have already sparked anger among existing Chellaston residents and councillors.
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They say the development, which would be made up of homes with two, three, four or five bedrooms, would put added pressure on already oversubscribed schools and congested roads.
John Bowden, chairman of Chellaston Residents' Association, said: "Hardly a week goes past without a developer getting in touch, saying 'can we talk about our new development?'. While the numbers of houses is normally relatively modest, when you add them all up the increase in the size of Chellaston is absolutely huge and the problem is that the schools are all full and the roads are congested already."
There are currently proposals for just under 500 homes in a development at the edge of Chellaston called Chellaston Fields.
Further homes are then proposed for Woodlands Drive, while land in Fellowlands Way has also been earmarked for development.
The developer has hired Turley Associates to carry out a consultation on the development and one open event has already been hosted in the area.
It says the proposals would provide high-quality homes which would meet housing needs in the area.
It is also planning to enhance the landscaping around Holmleigh Way and provide a play area as well as contribute financially to the infrastructure.
But these are not selling points which have been winning over local councillors so far.
Chellaston ward councillor Phil Ingall said: "I appreciate the need for homes but that needs to be spread out more – it always seems to be in the south of the city.
"We have to look at where there is land and we need two or three more new Oakwood-type creations, with schools and the infrastructure that goes along with the homes.
"If we don't, we will keep getting developers back with proposals for just under 500 homes – because then they don't have to contribute any massive sums to the city."
Mr Bowden said he felt that the developments should be considered as a whole.
"If there was one developer proposing 2,000 homes they would be obliged to provide a primary school but here we have lots of smaller applications so there is not that obligation but the impact is the same.
"That's why they need to be considered together."
In the case of Holmleigh Way, the majority of the development would fall in South Derbyshire boundaries, meaning any council tax would go to that authority, even though the burden of increased demands on school places, roads and shops is likely to fall on Derby City Council.