A development of 14 new houses has been proposed to replace a house and extensive gardens at 189 Kilbourne Road, Belper – opposite the Seven Stars pub. A planning application was submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council on 21st December, primarily for site access permission. The proposal is for three 2 bedroom, ten 3 bedroom and one larger house but appears not to include any provision for vehicle parking.
The site includes a large number of trees. The proposed layout includes a new access road:
Natural England have already been invited to comment on the proposals but have declined to do so on the grounds that “the application is not likely to result in significant impacts on statutory designated nature conservation sites or landscapes.”
On the local social networking site, Streetlife, Sophie was sceptical about the density of the proposed houses:
“14? In that tiny garden? No wonder we are getting so much more flooding. I did wonder why they cut down all those trees.”
Richard was worried about increased traffic and the effects of pollution:
“Kilbourne Road is used by children going to and from school and is already an ‘accident waiting to happen’. Increased traffic equals increased risk. Has anyone from AVBC carried out a road survey when schools in the area are turning out? These children will also be exposed to additional pollution. Pollution on Kilbourne Road will obviously intensify with the increase in vehicle movements on an already busy road. Research suggests that tiny bits of particulate matter (PM or soot) from diesel burning cars and lorries can have serious health effects if inhaled into the lungs, especially by those living near heavily travelled roads.”
You can make a comment on the application by going to: http://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/development-management/planning-applications/view-a-planning-application.aspx#planListTop and quoting reference: AVA/2015/1209.
A decision is expected to be made on 16th March 2016
By David George