Belper boiler company, Vaillant, along with housebuilders, Peveril Homes have submitted plans for 150 homes, 6,000 sq ft of industrial use, car parking for an extra 115 vehicles and open space on land behind the existing Vaillant/Glow Worm factory.
The application has been added to the Amber Valley Borough Council web site today (27th July). You can view the application at: http://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/development-management/planning-applications/view-a-planning-application.aspx – you’ll need to enter the reference number AVA/2016/0754 to go to the relevant page.
The proposals are not in accordance with the current Local Plan as the site area – known to all as ‘Bullsmoor’ – is designated for industrial/commercial use without any provision for housing. It is believed this designation was given to allow for the potential expansion of the Vaillant factories thus preventing the company from having to leave Belper owing to a lack of space at their current site.
Although parts of the proposed site lie within 20 metres of Coppice Brook the applicants do not believe the building of an additional 150 houses, factory space and tarmac for an additional 115 vehicles will impact on the likelihood of flooding elsewhere. They propose that additional surface water is disposed of via a ‘sustainable drainage system’ as well as the existing brook. They do, however, admit that there are protected and priority species on the development site that would be adversely affected by the proposals.
During the Local Plan objections to housing in the Bullsmoor and Pottery and Cherry House Farm sites there were loudly voiced claims that animals affected by anthrax were buried on or near the site. This has not been acknowledged by that applicants who have stated that the application does not involve land where contamination is suspected.
The housing proposals are for 30 two bed, 30 three bed and 45 larger houses for sale, social housing comprising 6 one bed, 19 two bed and 10 three bed houses for housing association rental and 5 two bed and 5 three bed houses for shared ownership schemes.
The planning documents are extensive and include an Environmental Assessment, Noise Impact Assessment, Arboricultural Survey, Landscaping Scheme, Heritage Statement, Layout Plans, Design and Access Statement, Ecological Report, Coal Report, Transport Assessment, Flood Risk Assessment, Archaeological Assessment, Planning Statement and Site Location Plan as well as the Planning Application.
A decision is anticipated by 20th October.
By David George