Decision time on plan for hundreds of Derby city homes after years of delays
PERMISSION could finally be granted to build hundreds of homes in Littleover almost five years after plans were originally submitted.
Developer Miller Homes, along with Loughborough house-builder William Davis, initially applied for outline planning permission in March 2008.
It intended to build nearly 1,000 homes either side of Rykneld Road, to the south of Heatherton village on land earmarked for development in Derby City Council's Local Plan two years previously.
This application was withdrawn and a subsequent outline application was submitted in January 2011 by Miller Homes, William Davis and Miller Gadsby for up to 800 homes.
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As well as new homes, the scheme would include business units, a supermarket and community buildings.
A primary school would also be built with new access roads to Rykneld Road and Hollybrook Way.
The proposals will finally go before Derby City Council's planning department at a meeting next Thursday.
Councillor Sara Bolton said that the delay on making a decision was down to changes made by the developers.
She said: "There is no one particular party responsible for the delay. There were issues with the access in the initial plans which led to the developers having to make changes. There were also problems with the highways department."
Since the proposals were made public, the city council has received more than 60 letters from neighbours and local businesses, with 57 objecting to the plans – the bulk claiming the development would add to the traffic problems in the area.
John and Tina Maguire, of Rykneld Road, say there were "unacceptable" delays on a normal weekday morning due to tailbacks along Pastures Hill and Rykneld Road.
They add: "The traffic from the new homes will just be tipped into the existing main roads. This will cause severe congestion on this route."
They argue the developers must offer a "credible plan" to address traffic problems.
Martin Power, of Heatherton, said he was concerned about the impact the development would have on local wildlife and green fields.
He says: "We are opposed to development in this area of ancient countryside.
"Today, any developments over existing countryside are a thoughtless idea.
"If the development goes ahead, here will be no space on this edge of Derby at all."
A letter of support was received from property consultant WK Marshall, of Vernon Street, Derby, which is acting as agents to site landowners.
The planning meeting takes place at the Council House, Corporation Street, next Thursday at 6pm.