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Application for up to 200 homes

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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AN application for up to 200 homes has been submitted for land off Old Derby Road.

The outline plans, submitted by Fisher German Chartered Surveyors on behalf of the Trustees of Sir Ian Walker-Okeover’s 1959 Settlement, would sit alongside the A52 bypass in an area currently dominated by green fields.

The 24 and-a-half acre plot forms part of what was labelled ‘ASH 2’ in the formulation of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan and was initially given priority over other sites in the town, although a majority of people when consulted voted to steer future development towards the former Ashbourne Airfield site, and away from green fields.

However, as the Local Plan is still months away from being formally submitted and accepted which means the area’s planning authority, Derbyshire Dales District Council, is not officially able to demonstrate ‘sufficient housing supply’ as part of its obligation to provide sites for new homes in the future.

This has meant applications for sites not identified as a priority for development in the local plan are being pushed through which have recently included an adjacent site off Wyaston Road for 65 properties that won a planning appeal and plans for 190 homes at nearby Hillside Farm which were granted permission at a second attempt.

In a supporting statement submitted to planners at the district council Fisher German stated that, because the area’s development plan is out of date, their proposal presents ‘a highly sustainable residential development that would boost housing land supply, having positive social, economic and environmental benefits’.

Planning committee member Andrew Lewer, who has opposed similar developments in the past, says he is disappointed to see another large application emerge. He said: “My feelings remain as they do with any application of this type, it’s sad to see developers taking advantage of this window of opportunity and I feel that the representatives are being disenfranchised and are unable to do anything to stop it.”

To find out more visit www.fishergerman.co.uk

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