Traffic and flooding worries fail to halt plans for 800 new homes in Rykneld Road, Littleover
EIGHT hundred homes, a supermarket and a primary school will be built in the south-west of Derby – despite residents' concerns over traffic, flooding and wildlife.
Derby City Council's planning committee last night passed an application from developers Miller Homes, William Davis and Miller Gadsby for the site, either side of Rykneld Road, Littleover.
No councillors voted against the scheme, accepting the city needs homes. But they raised concerns over the combined effect of the 800 houses and another 1,200 proposed for nearby Bakeacre Lane, Findern.
David Wilson Homes wants to be build these houses but has applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission as it is within the authority's boundaries.
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Committee members also raised fears over how schools in the area would be able to cope with so many new pupils.
Councillor Shiraz Khan said Derby "needed homes" but added after the meeting: "The two developments are so close together.
"The developers and the councils need to talk to each other to make sure what happens is a benefit to Derby. Traffic difficulties might be generated if not."
Councillor Joe Naitta told the committee he was worried a combined 2,000 new homes in the area "and perhaps 4,000 new pupils" could lead to capacity problems in Derby secondary schools.
The Highways Agency raised no objections to the Rykneld Road application but several of the 57 objection letters sent to the council included traffic concerns.
John and Tina Maguire, of Rykneld Road, wrote to say there were "unacceptable delays" on a normal weekday morning due to tailbacks along Pastures Hill and Rykneld Road.
And Martin Power, of Heatherton, said he was opposed to the development of "ancient countryside" teeming with wildlife.
One 55-year-old woman, of Hollybrook Way, Littleover, left the meeting angry no mention was made of flood risk.
The woman, who would not be named, said Holly Brook already swamped nearby fields, causing flooding in nearby homes, and that this would be made worse by "run-off" from the new development.
David Peck, from consultant Capita Symonds, on behalf of the applicants, told the meeting the firms were "committed to a high quality development which people will want to live and work in and be proud of".
The development is expected to be completed by 2023.