150 new houses plan and factory extension in Belper

The Vaillant factory on Nottingham Road, Belper.
The Vaillant factory on Nottingham Road, Belper.

Campaigners are rallying round to fight controversial plans which could see 150 new homes built in Belper and an existing factory extended.

A proposal has been submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council for the redevelopment of land at Bullsmoor, off Nottingham Road.

The mixed-use development proposal from Vaillant Group UK and Peveril Homes Ltd consists of an outline application for up to 150 homes with public open space, along with an extension of up to 6,000 square metres of employment space at the factory.

The application also proposes alterations to the service yard and provision of car parking, vehicle manoeuvring areas and a new access road.

Documents submitted on behalf of the applicants claim the development will “have a positive economic impact and provide a residential development that harmonises with its surroundings”.

However, campaigners against the development fear it would harm the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, while raising other objections such as loss of green space, highway safety and the impact on under-pressure local amenities.

And in a show of cross-party solidarity against the plans, councillors Dan Booth and Maurice Neville said in a joint statement: “It is very unfortunate that the Vaillant proposal is coupled with the Peveril Housing proposal. These are two very different matters and should be subject to separate processes.

“There has already been a thorough examination of the case for and against housing development in this area of the World Heritage Buffer Zone.

“We support the strong case against housing development, but would be prepared to give due consideration to the factory extension.”

An open meeting will be hosted by the councillors on Thursday August 18 at Strutt’s Centre in the main hall at 6pm, which will be attended by a borough council planning officer.

• To view application AVA/2016/0754 in more detail or to register a comment, visit the Amber Valley Borough Council website www.ambervalley.gov.uk/environment-and-planning.