A huge housing development on the edge of Mickleover featuring over 1,000 homes, a supermarket, pub and shops, has been given the go-ahead.
South Derbyshire District Council has approved the scheme – known as the New House Farm project – which will be built on 126 acres of farmland on the western edge of the Derby suburb.
The £112 million development will involve the construction of 1,100 homes. As well as the supermarket, pub and retail units, the scheme would include a cafe/restaurant, doctors’ surgery, primary school and a community facility.
According to the applicants, CEG Land Promotions and Robert Walmsley, the scheme could create 140 jobs across the region.
The development will be built on 126 acres shown bordered by the red line next to two other housing schemes
The district council has approved the development subject to the finalisation of a section 106 agreement, which could lead to more than £4 million being contributed to extra school and health centre places in the region.
Funding for off-site outdoor sports provision has also been requested, along with a contribution towards a community building.
The application was passed despite concerns from local residents and Mickleover ward councillors about the impact such a large development would have on things such as roads and community facilities and amenities. In the run up to the district council’s decision, 33 letters of objection had been received by the authority.
According to a post on the Facebook page of Mickleover’s ward councillors, residents have been campaigning against plans to build on the land for a decade.
It said: “Despite this hugely disappointing outcome, this has been a 10-year battle that could not have been fought without the amazing support of local people and campaigners.
“That effort will not be forgotten and is greatly appreciated. Work will now have focus on continuing to secure investment for our local area to mitigate the impact on local roads, facilities and infrastructure.
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“Rest-assured, the issue of dealing with the impact of local housing developments will continue to be a priority for your ward councillors both now and in the years to come.”
With planning permission now in place, the New House Farm scheme could take up to 13 years to complete and about 100 homes would be built every year.
Land on the edge of Mickleover is currently a big focus for new housing developers.
Last summer, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes moved on to land at New House Farm to start building 288 properties.
The development, called Four Acres, is accessed by a new traffic island that has been created on the A516.
Once completed, Four Acres will offer a range of two, three, four and five-bedroom properties. The entire development is expected to be completed by 2020.
And Bloor Homes recently started work on 252 homes, off Ladybank Road, after buying a 34-acre plot from Richborough Estates in an £11.9 million deal last this year.
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Source: Derby Telegraph