North East Derbyshire MP calls district council's housing plans 'a total mess'

North East Derbyshire MP, Lee Rowley has once again slammed North East Derbyshire District Council's housing plans

Mr Rowley desribed the local planning policies as "out-of-date"  and says more unplanned housebuilding is permitted in the face of opposition from local residents

In the last couple of months, North East Derbyshire District Council has lost, or chosen not to defend, three appeals for housebuilding – two in Wingerworth and one in Winsick.

As a result, 340 houses will now be built which weren’t in the original plans for the area.

The Council recently lost appeals for 180 houses to be built at Deerlands Road, Wingerworth and 160 off Mansfield Road, Winsick. Neither of these pieces of land are in the District Council’s draft development plan.

Mr Rowley also told Peak FM the Council also effectively withdrew from defending an application for a further 35 houses at Hockley Lane, Wingerworth, as a result of these two other decisions.

“Yet again North East Derbyshire District Council are letting down residents with their failures on planning.” 

“We now have another 340 houses which will be built and which the Council didn’t originally want – all because they didn’t get their paperwork and plans in place a few years ago. 

“North East Derbyshire’s failures over so many years are coming back to bite us now – and more approvals are possible as a result of this, too. Speculative applications for housing have also been submitted in Old Tupton, North Wingfield and elsewhere in Wingerworth.

“The whole point of a Local Plan is that residents and councils get a say in where housing is planned in their area – rather than it being dictated to them by developers submitting speculative planning applications.

"We need new houses, we need them in the right place but we need the infrastructure. We don't need them being built on greenbelt and in places where everybody agrees is the wrong place, but the council hasn't got it's plans in place to stop it."

"This is what happens when you take your eye off planning for a number of years and you store up all of these problems and then they come back to bite you half a decade later."

Peak FM contacted North East Derbyshire District Council for a statement on this issue, but they're yet to comment.

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