Derbyshire council backs release of 14 green belt sites for 2,010 homes

A Derbyshire council has voted to release 14 sites from the green belt in its emerging local plan to accommodate an extra 2,010 homes in the hope of maintaining its five year housing land supply.

Amber Valley Borough Council. Image by Alan Murray-Rust,
Amber Valley Borough Council. Image by Alan Murray-Rust,

Amber Valley Borough Council has made the decision after the planning inspector examining the authority’s local plan last year requested that it reviewed its assessments of alternatives for housing sites.

The sites proposed for release have the potential to provide an additional 2,010 homes during the plan period to 2028, according to a report considered by the council last week.  

The report said that officers "consider that the council would continue to be vulnerable at the resumed local plan examination hearings with a [current] five year supply figure of 5.03 years, which is only marginally above the minimum requirement in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.

"It is therefore essential that the council identifies additional sites for housing development in the local plan, to ensure a sufficient level of supply that can withstand any changes in circumstances that could reduce expected delivery rates."

The sites to be released are: Far Laund, Belper; Alfreton Road, Codnor; Crosshill, Codnor; Cumberhills Road, Duffield; Wirksworth Road, Duffield; Chesterfield Road, Heage; Ilkeston Road, Heanor; Peatburn Avenue, Heanor; Newlands Road, Riddings; Derby Road, Ripley; Heage Road, Ripley; Nottingham Road, Ripley; Pear Tree Avenue, Ripley; and Upper Marehay Road, Ripley.

In addition to the housing sites, the council also agreed to release a site from the green belt for gypsy and traveller accommodation.

The council said it will publish an addendum to its original sustainability appraisal to include the amended site appraisal.

The authority added that it will publish proposed changes and consult for a period of six months before forwarding them to the inspector.

Last year, housing secretary James Brokenshire refused two related planning appeals in Amber Valley, including a scheme for 150 homes and a business park, due to concerns about the proposals' impact on a nearby World Heritage Site.

In July last year, the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court decision to refuse planning consent for a 400-home development close to a Grade I-listed country house in Amber Valley.

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