Following the submission of a Planning Application to extend the Valliant factory and car parking and to build 150 homes on land at Bullsmoor, behind the existing factory Amber Valley Borough Council have written to a number of neighbouring residents to seek their views.
Protect Belper, the organisation set up to fight the inclusion of Bullsmoor, Cherry House Farm and Pottery Farm in the, now abandoned, Local Plan are unhappy at the level of consultation letters sent to residents locally. A post on the Protect Belper Facebook page –https://www.facebook.com/protectbelper/ – states:
“It has just been brought to our attention that the actual number of households that have been notified of the proposed Bullsmoor development is very small. Even the houses on Nottingham Rd that overlook the whole of this area have not been consulted. On the list of consultees on the AVBC website it looks like there is a lot but when you look closely, some of these have been duplicated. AVBC are under no obligation to inform everyone in the locality even though it will have a direct impact on everyone living in Belper.”
In addition, they have outlined how you can voice your opinion of the proposals:
“If you made a representation/objection to AVBC during the consultation period for the emerging Core Strategy (Local Plan) before the plan was withdrawn, please send your representation/objection in again for this current planning application (you may have to re-word it slightly and make sure you put the new planning application number – AVA/2016/0754) All of your reasons for objecting are still valid and if you are objecting for the first time, please only use material planning considerations:
* The whole of the proposed development is within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site buffer zone. * Highways concerns for Kilbourne Rd/Nottingham Rd and the wider community – dangerous entrance and exit/internal traffic flow within the proposed development is constricted-busy factory with HGV’s compromised with up to 300+ extra cars. Possible emergency service restricted access with only one way in and one way out. * Loss of green space and amenity. * Increased risk of flooding/surface water/sewerage. * Pottery School and Belper School at capacity (Both schools not even had a notification) * Dr’s and dentists can’t cope at the moment – long waiting lists for both. * Loss of wildlife habitat – priority species acknowledged by developer as being present. * Preservation of ancient field boundaries including hedgerows and trees”
In order to reach as many people as possible Protect Belper are printing and distributing thousands of flyers to local residents.
Cross party action and public meeting
Once again, a cross party alliance is emerging to fight these proposals with Cllr Maurice Neville (Lab) and Cllr Dan Booth (Con) joining forces to organise a public meeting at Strutts Community Centre at 6 pm on Thursday 18th August. This is open to all.
Cllr Booth urged everyone to send their objections to AVBC:
“You don’t have to be on the consultation list to make comments. I accept that the consultation list may be small but it’s not practical to contact everyone. After all this proposed development would affect the whole town. I’m hoping for a great turnout at our public meeting. I understand the difficulty of school holidays but unfortunately comments have to be made within a short time frame and the timing of this application is not helpful for us. We know that we won’t be able to suit everyone but we are doing the most we can within a small time scale. Anyone can email concerns to me at any time or better still send them direct to AVBC planning.”
By David George