Thursday, July 7, 2022

Derbyshire village earmarked for over 80 homes

Derbyshire village

This includes a site off Chesterfield Road, for 70 homes, and a plot off Brook Street, for 14 homes

A Derbyshire village could have land earmarked for more than 80 homes through a council aim to hit national house-building targets. Heage, between Belper and Ripley, could see land earmarked by Amber Valley Borough Council for 84 homes.

This includes a site off Chesterfield Road, for 70 homes, and a plot off Brook Street, for 14 homes. Both of these sites form part of what could be Amber Valley Borough Council’s plan for future housing in the area up until 2038.

The proposed Chesterfield Road site could see the lower half of the industrial estate opposite St Luke’s Church, along with a smaller chunk off Bond Lane, becoming a 70-home housing site.

Bowmer and Kirkland appears to operate the vast majority of the industrial estate with a large number of temporary shipping container-like office blocks housed on the lower half which could be earmarked for housing.

Meanwhile, the Derbyshire Vehicle Repair Centre sits on the upper half of the industrial estate, which would remain. The proposed housing site would back onto existing homes in Eagle Street and the Eagle Tavern in Ripley Road.

What appears to be a small agricultural storage area with a number of industrial warehouse buildings off Bold Lane would form part of the overall Chesterfield Road site. Meanwhile, the 14-home proposed site off Brook Street would sit opposite Heage Methodist Church and Heage Park, to the rear of existing houses in Parkside in what appears to be an excess allotment and garden area.

These potential development sites come two years after long-discussed plans to build houses on the Firs Works industrial estate in Nether Heage were approved. The borough council eventually approved Garner Holdings’ plans for 160 houses on what is a former Second World War prisoner of war camp in June 2020, with residents and councillors fuming over long-held road safety concerns.

They said that ‘dangerous’ roads near the Firs Works site – without sufficient safety measures – were a ‘thorn in the side’ of all parents who live in the area. The borough council has been given a target by central Government to see 376 homes built each year in Amber Valley, totalling 6,392 homes between April this year and March 2039.


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