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Fears over homes and school plan

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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A VILLAGE campaign group says plans to build 50 houses and a new school on greenfield land would have a detrimental effect on the community, despite it being popular with councillors.

Action for Brailsford Community has been fighting back at the proposal, put forward ahead of the submission of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan, and has rallied support of 180 people in a petition.

The group also conducted a survey of villagers and found that 65 per cent of the people questioned were against a large development.

The group insists the new school is not necessary and is being used to sway council bosses into giving the plans the thumbs-up.

Members point out that the primary school, off Main Road, is in Ofsted’s top 100 and performs well despite the age and size of the building it occupies.

Chairman Susan Walker said the large development, which represents around 20 per cent of the village’s size, is only being considered because of the offer of a new school, a need for which has been proven.

She said: “In the local plan it is only a requirement for seven additional homes for all the parishes in the Southern Derbyshire Dales.

“Some people believe there is a need for a new school in Brailsford but it is because of this that we are being put at risk with a development that could bring further fatalities on the A52, and will also affect traffic from other rural communities.

“Our already fragile infrastructure will not cope and we have no guarantees from the council or the developers over improvements to health, transport or flooding and other community aspects that should come with the development.”

Councillor Lewer said: “I don’t think the fact that the school is doing well should mean they are penalised by missing out on the opportunity of having a brand new school. The current one is cramped, badly laid out and there is a land ownership issue with the surrounding land it occupies.

“There is correspondence going back half a century that shows Brailsford needs a new school.

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