Hot on the heels of the withdrawn Bessalone plan and the fight to oppose plans for housing and a factory extension at Bullsmoor comes news of another potential attack on green fields within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site buffer zone.
Wheeldon Brothers have delivered a leaflet in the Mount Pleasant area of Belper to seek views on the potential for 150 ‘high quality’ homes on land to the south west of Belper Lane and backing on to Whitehouse Rise. They do, at least, offer Belper residents the courtesy of asking for an opinion before submitting a planning applications.
Their website: http://www.planningconsultationonline.co.uk/new-page/ says:
Wheeldon Brothers recognise that consultation is vitally important in the development process and in this respect we would like to inform you of our plans.
Wheeldon Brothers intend to submit a full planning application to Amber Valley Borough Council in the near future. Prior to submitting the application, we wish to engage with the community to understand local views and considerations that will positively assist in the formulation of our plans.
We are proposing to bring a brand new high quality housing development of up to 150 dwellings to Mount Pleasant, delivering a mix of housing types including a provision of affordable housing. The proposal will include a single road access off Belper Lane and potential new pedestrian/open space link to the open space off Oakhurst Close. We will seek to provide suitable landscape and ecology enhancement within the scheme.
We would be grateful to receive feedback on:
- Are there any particular types of houses that Mount Pleasant is currently lacking?
- What are the key issues in the community and how could the proposed development help to improve these issues and the area?
- Are there community facilities that you would like to see improved or developed as part of this scheme?
HOW AND WHEN TO SUBMIT YOUR VIEWS
Please go to the Feedback section of this website and make any comments by Wednesday 31st August 2016 or please email or write to Planning and Design Group, Pure Offices, Lake View Drive, Sherwood Business Park, Nottingham NG15 0DT.
Coming as it does in the middle of the holiday period and with a fast looming deadline we can only suggest that as many people as possible let Wheeldon (via Planning and Design Group) know what you think of their plans directly.
As the proposal impacts on the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and its Buffer Zone it is expected that objections similar to those expressed for Bullsmoor, and that held sway at the end of the Local Plan consultation in 2014, will surface.
Although there must be some weariness on the part of campaigners it is also expected that a group similar to that opposing Bessalone and Protect Belper will emerge to lead the fight against new housing on green field sites in Belper.
By David George