Application for 80 homes will hit business

People in Pentrich fear an application to redevelop part of Asher Lane Business Park and build up to 80 houses will affect their businesses.

An application by William Bannister, of City Capital Investments Ltd, includes plots in the Green Belt, and is a departure from the adopted plan.

A meeting is set for Thursday November 14 at Pentrich Village Hall at 7pm. Residents say the development will affect existing businesses at Asher Lane Business Park, Pentrich and Hammersmith.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills said: “I’m deeply concerned about this planning proposal, given that the businesses affected employ dozens of people. We need business areas in Amber Valley to generate growth and jobs. There are plenty of disused sites that could and should be turned into housing and I would strongly urge the council to reject this application.”

As well as Mr Mills, county ouncillor David Williams, borough councillor Valerie Thorpe and Pentrich parish councillors: Ian Harrison, Steve McMylor, Allison Bourne, Joan Geeson and Peter Hounsell will be present. View the AVA/2013/0891 planning documents online at www.ambervalley.gov.uk.