Residents in Tupton have reacted angrily after North East Derbyshire council announced they've approved plans to build 193 homes there
The development off Ankerbold Road was given the green light by the previous labour council, but the new conservative administration announced an independent review.
The site is due to make way for a new housing development that will see a mix of housing including a number of 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows, with 20% of the site being allocated for affordable homes.
The authority claims residents will see a number of 'benefits' including
- Affordable homes
- The construction of bungalows will assist in filling a demand for local people with mobility needs
- Greenways/ pedestrian links throughout the site
- Bat and bird boxes with a range of other habitats being created for wildlife.
However residents and councillors in Tupton are accusing the tory council of 'lip service' and claim Tupton residents haven't been listened to.
Ross Shipman is the Lib Dem leader on North East Derbyshire District Council, and is a councillor in the Tupton ward. He said: "During the whole election, we had conservatives coming around Tupton telling us they were against this development and that they would do everything in their power to stop this going ahead.
"Obviously they have took power, they're ploughing ahead with it, they haven't listened to residents and residents are saying it's lip service. The district council have rolled over and allowed this joint-venture company to propose essentially a plan that nobody in Tupton is happy with."
The site off Ankerbold Road where 193 homes are set to be constructed
Local resident Peter Bunting has told Peak FM why he doesn't believe the development will benefit residents there: "Given the already increasing traffic issues along the A61, additional homes to those already under construction within a couple of miles of Tupton will increase traffic and make travelling around the area more stressful for local residents.
"The strain on already tight school places may see local residents needing to take their children further afield to access a school place.The strain on doctor and dentist places will see local residents travelling further afield to access. We fail to see the ‘benefit’ for local residents only additional stress."
Deputy leader of the authority, conservative councillor Alex Dale has blamed the previous labour administration for approving the plans in the first place.
He said: "We felt it was important to review those concerns and review the decisions taken. We can't undo everything that the last administration did but we are committed to doing everything that we can."
"We make no bones about it, we've got some real problems to address in the district council on planning. Unfortunately we're not going to be able to resolve every single one."