Consultation begins on where to build 33,700 new homes
A CONSULTATION has started into housing plans to set out where 33,700 homes should be built in and around Derby over the next 16 years.
Derby City Council has officially opened talks to coordinate with its neighbouring districts of Amber Valley and South Derbyshire which will also be affected by the demand for extra housing.
The three councils have agreed proposals for a minimum of 33,700 homes to be provided across the three districts by 2028.
The strategy builds on work and consultation carried out over the last two years to determine what level of housing growth is required to meet the needs of Derby's expanding population.
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Under the proposed strategy, 12,000 of these homes would be built within Derby.
Regeneration of brownfield sites will continue to be a priority, particularly in the city centre and Osmaston.
However, some greenfield land will be needed to make up the overall total.
There is insufficient space within Derby itself to meet all future needs, so land has been identified for a further 7,200 homes on the edge of the city.
The main areas for expansion are around the Boulton Moor, Chellaston and Sinfin/Stenson Fields areas. These have been considered the best locations for the sustainable expansion of the city.
South Derbyshire and Amber Valley are consulting on their preferred strategies at the same time as Derby.
Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, cabinet member for planning, environment and public protection, said: "Derby's population is continuing to grow and it is important we plan proactively to make sure that we can meet these needs.
"However, we must also make sure that development happens in the right places, with the right infrastructure in place to support communities."
The documents can be found on the council's website at www.derby.gov.uk and an online comment form is available at www.derby. gov.uk/yourcityyoursay.
Paper copies will be available to view in libraries and at the Customer Service Centre at 1 Albion Street later this week and will be obtainable by calling Derby 255076.