First look at controversial 600-home development in Sinfin
THESE pictures reveal how a controversial 600-home development in Sinfin will look when it is completed.
The homes will replace industrial units at Sinfin Central Business Park, off Sinfin Lane.
The real-estate firm behind the development, F&C REIT, says work is expected to start on the site in 18 months but it was unable to say when it would be completed.
Now it has provided new images of the estate, which will be built by developer Brightsea Sarl.
The announcement comes as Councillor Joe Naitta, who represents nearby Bla-greaves ward, reiterated his concerns over the lack of school being built as part of the plans. Council officers are still in discussions with the developer over whether it could provide funds for a new school elsewhere. Mr Naitta said schools in Sinfin and Blagreaves ward were already over-subscribed and that a new school in the area was vital.
Mr Naitta said: "I think a change in the rules certainly needs to be thought about whereby developers have to provide a school in developments over a certain size."
The council had received two letters and a 63-name petition against the plan, mainly concerned about how extra traffic would affect nearby roads.
Objectors said streets around the site – Sinfin Lane, Wordsworth Avenue, Goodsmoor Road and Stenson Road – would all be hit by extra traffic, that "air quality" would drop because of exhaust fumes and that there was not enough space allocated for parking.
A transport report in the planning says the site would be accessible on foot and by bike, "so there is a good opportunity to replace trips by private car".
Shops, eateries and buildings that could become a nursery, health centre or pharmacy will be built on the site alongside the houses.