A developer has said it will start work on building almost 350 homes at a Derbyshire town this month – despite concerns from some residents about access to the site.
Earlier this year, Persimmon Homes received the green light from Erewash Borough Council to construct 348 homes on land off Quarry Hill Road, Ilkeston.
The development, called Elka’s Rise, will feature two, three, four and five bedroom homes, with 13 different house designs.
Persimmon first received outline permission for the development back in 2014 – and earlier this year the project was rubber-stamped. Now, the developer has said it is ready to launch the site, which it says will support more than 800 jobs.
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According to Persimmon, the development will have something for every home-buyer, whether it is a first-time buyer or a family looking to upsize.
Saleena Draper, field sales manager at Persimmon Homes Nottingham, said: “Customers will be spoilt for choice. The site offers buyers great transport links with the M1 motorway being just a short distance away and it has easy access to the A52.
“There’s also a great range of amenities nearby as it’s perfectly situated between Derby and Nottingham. Ilkeston town is also just a six-minute drive away for all your shopping needs and East Midlands Airport is also only 11 miles away for those who like to holiday.
“For families who like to get out and about there’s Shipley Country Park just five miles from the development and Nutbrook Trail which offers 10 miles of unspoilt countryside, so you won’t be short of things to do.”
As part of the development, Persimmon has said it will be contributing around £800,000 to education facilities in the area.
The investment comes through Section 106 planning obligations, which are agreements put in place by the local authority when planning permission is granted.
Mrs Draper said: “As a company we pride ourselves on supporting the communities in which we build.
“One of the ways we do this is through Section 106 agreements, which total millions of pounds across Derbyshire each year.
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“In this case at Elka’s Rise we have contributed £797,932 towards education, as well as £748,000 to improving public transport in the area and £250,000 to help improve the local roads and infrastructure.
“There will also be a public open space maintenance contribution of £8,598, which shows our continued commitment. This is an attractive development which is good news for people already living in Ilkeston as well as those looking to move to the area.”
Earlier this year, some residents living near to the development raised concerns about access to the site. Although they did not object to the development itself, they were concerned about a change to the initial plans, which involved the moving of access junction to outside of their homes.
They were concerned that if there was a traffic-lighted junction there, it would make it more dangerous for them to reverse on to their driveways.
Source: Derby Telegraph