Alvaston is “under attack” from developers and planning chiefs who want to “create another Normanton”, a councillor has claimed.
UKIP’s Alan Graves, who represents the area, spoke out at a meeting of Derby City Council’s planning control committee.
Members were considering plans for 12 new houses on overgrown land behind 159-169 Baker Street.
The application – which was unanimously approved by the committee’s 11 councillors – was considered just weeks after plans for an eight-storey apartment scheme off Raynesway were also given the nod.
Objecting to the latest scheme, Mr Graves told the committee: “Alvaston is under attack. Under attack from developers and landlords who are cashing in on relatively low house prices to expand housing by over massing and, bit by bit, eroding the character of our once lovely village.
“Not by one planning application, but by a series of applications over several years. Added together they change the nature of the area.
“It is as if you are trying to create another Normanton.”
UKIP councillor Alan Graves.
The committee’s Labour chair, Shiraz Khan, pulled a bemused look as Mr Graves spoke.
Mr Khan then responded: “I’ve been on this council since 2004. As far as I know, planning laws apply the same to Alvaston as they do to Normanton or anywhere else.
“Just because you don’t like Normanton, it doesn’t mean we have to alter planning laws.”
Fellow Labour councillor Baggy Shanker also dismissed Mr Graves’ comments.
“I don’t agree with Councillor Graves,” he said.
The planning application, submitted by bi Design Architecture on behalf of a private developer, also sought permission to demolish 159 Baker Street so an access driveway could be built to the two blocks of terraced houses.
The new homes will be built on land behind 159-169 Baker Street. No.159 will be demolished so an access driveway can be built (Image: Google Maps)
It is not the first time plans have been submitted for the land.
A number of schemes dating back to 2005 have been given the go-ahead but none have been implemented.
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The latest proposals attracted nine objections. Some neighbours claimed the development would look “out of character” with the surrounding area. Others said it would increase traffic in an area that was already like a “rat run”.
Labour councillor Paul Bayliss, who also represents Alvaston, also objected, arguing the scheme amounted to “garden grabbing”, which is contrary to Derby City Council’s Local Plan.
Despite this, the application was approved by the committee.
Conservative member Robin Wood said: “This is an infinitely superior application to the previous one.”
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Source: Derby Telegraph