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Developers suggest numerous sites for new Amber Valley housing developments

New sites for thousands of Derbyshire homes have been put forward by developers.

A number of the sites that have been submitted have never been suggested before, either as formal planning applications or in other calls for locations over the years.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service can reveal that, among these sites, are:

  • 140 homes next to the former American Adventure theme park in Shipley, which itself is being developed into 307 homes and a raft of businesses – pitched by JEH Planning Ltd

  • 170 homes off Kedleston Road in Allestree, next to the controversial site of 400 recently approved homes which were to taken to the High Court by local campaigners – pitched by Fisher German LLP

  • 190 homes on Chevin Green Farm in Farnah Green, near Belper, currently home to a B&B, hairdressing school, accountancy firm and five houses – pitched by Planning and Design Practice

  • 200 homes off Long Lane, next to Cotmanhay Wood – pitched by Freeths LLP

  • 290 homes behind the Denby Pottery headquarters, along with 12,000 square metres of space for new businesses and 8,000 square metres for new shops – pitched by AL3D Limited

  • 350 homes to the west of Chesterfield Road in Alfreton, opposite older plans for 250 homes next to the sewage works – no details given on which firm is behind this.

Out of these, only the Alfreton and Allestree sites are not in the protected green belt.

There have been nearly 140 submissions made by housing developers, agents and consultants to Amber Valley Borough Council – hoping to have them officially earmarked by the authority, which would make it significantly easier for developers to gain planning permission.

Many of the sites which have been suggested will not be progressed on viability and sustainability grounds.

Half of them are in the green belt and almost all the rest are green field schemes – on former or current agricultural land.

At this stage the submissions are un-vetted pitches to the council which in no way means they will be supported by the authority or see homes or business space built on the proposed land.

For many developers this is pie in the sky time. This is the council asking developers where and what would they want to build and firms putting forward everything they can – realistic or not.

Some will be selected to form the borough council’s local plan, a blueprint for development up until 2038.

The vetted list is expected to be ready by October, at which point the document – Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment – is due to become public.

The authority’s last plan lapsed in 2011 and not having one leaves the council more exposed to developments it may want to reject.

All but one of the 14 green belt sites listed by the previous Conservative administration have been resubmitted by developers. The only one excluded is the plan for either 12 homes or a series of traveller pitches off Alfreton Road in Codnor.

These sites were quashed by the current Labour administration last year after an election campaign based on not allowing development in the green belt.

Cllr Ben Bellamy, deputy leader, has already stressed that green belt sites will be strongly resisted.

More than 30 of the submitted sites involve schemes containing more than 100 homes each – totalling in excess of 10,000 homes – which have previously either been submitted as formal planning applications or in other calls for sites over the years.

This includes the colossal Cinderhill project surrounding the Denby tar pits.

Developers Harworth Group and Pegasus Group hosted public consultation events for the site in September, saying they had reduced their plans from 3,000 homes to 1,200 and scrapping an aim for a new A38 junction.

This was to avoid building on any green belt land, but also meant the firms could not afford to remediate the historic acid tar pits.

Instead, they looked to build 1,200 homes, a primary school, space for shops and 12 acres of employment space.

Pegasus has now submitted the original scheme – 3,000 homes and an A38 junction – in responding to the council’s call for sites.

Bagshaws LLP has pitched plans for up to 188 homes in the centre of Holloway, bordering Florence Nightingale’s childhood home, Lea Hurst.

A plot alongside Heanor Road in Smalley has been pitched as the site of 325 homes by an unidentified firm.

Planning and Design Group Ltd has suggested 456 homes would be built off Breach Road in Marlpool, on the outskirts of Heanor.

The same firm has also pitched plans for up to 450 homes off Nottingham Road in Codnor.

It also says 225 homes could be built off Woodhouse Road in Kilburn.

Aspbury Planning has suggested 400 homes could be built at Hermitage Farm in Riddings.

Lorimer Estates Ltd has submitted plans for 200 homes off Kirk Lane and Mill Line in Belper, along with an unknown number of homes on an 11-acre site off Bargate Road in the town.

Marrons Planning suggests 300 homes could be built off Minster Way in Swanwick.

An unknown number of total homes could be built off Markeaton Lane in Mackworth on a 40-acre site, says IMcH Planning and Development Consultancy.

It says up to 40 homes a year within five years could be built on the site and that the scheme could include plans to extend car parking at Markeaton Crematorium.

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