Concerns over bowls club development

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Plans to develop a former bowls club were met with criticism over the potential danger that increased traffic around the area would cause.

Plans were approved at an Amber Valley Borough Council meeting last week to build two dwellings on the former Heage Bowls Club site, on School Lane.

The proposals had drawn opposition from a local councillor prior to the meeting, who expressed fears at the potential effects of heavy traffic in the area.

Labour councillor David Farrelly said nearby roads would essentially become “one way”.

He said: “The primary concerns are the highway considerations and the impacts that more vehicles, and particularly vehicles turning in and out of the two proposed dwellings, will have on the road itself, road safety and the risk of more near misses and accidents taking place as a result.

“School Lane is a narrow village road which essentially connects Heage to Nether Heage and Ambergate beyond.

“Despite the narrowness and the winding nature of the road it is also used as a bus route. More importantly it is used by heavy good vehicles serving large-scale businesses in both Nether Heage and Ambergate.

“At peak times it is common for queues of traffic to block the whole of School Lane into Tenter Lane and back up into Dungelly Hill.

“School Lane essentially becomes one way due to parking, the presence of large numbers of cars, buses and HGVs.”

Despite the concerns of Mr Farrelly, a report by the council said it had no qualms over the development.

It said: “The development complies with the provisions of the development plan for the locality and raises no unresolved issues in relation to the location of the site, privacy, amenity, sunlight/daylight, character and design, landscape or heritage features and highway safety.”