Derby City Council last week approved a hybrid application for the Snelsmoor Grange development on greenfield land at Boulton Moor.
The application sought outline consent for up to 800 homes, a playing field, and open space including creation of a country park. Full permission was also sought for 245 homes alongside site roads, infrastructure, landscaping, attenuation ponds and play areas.
According to a planning report, the site abuts the city council’s boundary with South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC) and forms part of a wider urban extension which includes several development sites at Boulton Moor, within the SDDC area.
This allocates a total of 2,700 homes "as set out in the City and South Derbyshire’s respective local plans," the report advised.
Planners concluded that the proposal would provide "an acceptable mix of residential development, country park, primary school and all related highways and drainage improvements" in compliance with the council’s adopted core strategy.
It added that, following "viability testing" planners considered that the range of developer contributions, to be included within the section 106 Agreement, were "adequate and acceptable".
These include a non-local planning policy compliant 10 per cent affordable housing rate and a financial contributuon for a primary school.
However, the report said that the council "has been proactive in looking for opportunities to boost the viability of the development to enable it to proceed quickly and contribute towards Derby’s housing supply as well as delivering an increased level of affordable housing, aiding the delivery of the school and allowing the potential for other contributions to be provided."
It said that the council has made a bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) for funding to cover the cost of providing a primary school.
"If this bid is successful, it is anticipated that policy compliant affordable housing and other contributions would be achievable and the section 106 drafting will make provision for that," the report said.
Planners recommended that the application be approved and this was supported by the council's planning committee.