Views sought on 1,900-homes plan for former Stanton ironworks site
PEOPLE are being urged to make their views known about plans to build 1,900 homes on the former Stanton Ironworks site.
Erewash Borough Council is holding three drop-in events for people to find out more about the proposed development, which would create 2,000 jobs and boost the local economy by £26 million.
The plans drawn up by site owner Saint Gobain also include new shops, restaurants, a health centre, a 150-bed centre for the elderly, allotments, a primary school and sports areas, as well as office, warehouse, and industrial space.
An original proposal for the site was for 4,000 houses, with an access road cutting across greenbelt land and joining the A52.
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But after the financial crash of 2007 and the massive cost of an access road, the plans had to be scaled back.
Erewash Labour councillor Howard Griffiths urged people to attend the consultation events but also said that due to the complexity of the plans a professional eye should be cast over them.
He said: "Local people should band together and get expert advice on this.
"With an application of this size and implications for the road infrastructure in the area more detailed knowledge is needed.
"But people should still go along to these events, ask the questions and make their views known to the council."
The consultation events begin on Monday with a meeting at Stanton by Dale Village Hall, in Stanhope Street, from 2pm to 6.30pm.
On Tuesday, a meeting will be held at Sandiacre Town Football Club, St Giles Park, Stanton Road, from 2pm to 7pm and on Thursday people can attend a session at Gladstone Lodge, in Ilkeston's Market Street, from 2pm to 7pm.
Valerie Clare, Tory borough councillor for Stanton by Dale, said: "It is very important for people to go to these meetings and make their views known.
"They will be able to ask council officials about the plans and they should then make their representations in writing, or by telephone, to the council."
Members of Stanton by Dale Parish Council are holding their own meeting at the Old School on March 27 at 7.30pm to outline what they know so far.
Parish councillor Ralph Homer said: "I would encourage all people to get to the meetings and get as much information as they can.
"As a parish council we will be holding our own public meeting to discuss what we know to give people a chance to air their views and gain extra information."