Homes bid ‘not affordable enough’

A BID to build 83 new homes on farmland in Smalley has been turned down because developers only wanted to make three of them affordable.

The proposal for housing on four hectares of agricultural land off Adale Road, by developers Janet R Riffat, Catherine E Allsop & William Davis Ltd, was rejected by Amber Valley’s planning board on August 15, amid concerns from residents about road safety.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson said: ““None of them are nimbys. They accept the site is adopted for housing. Their concerns are about road safety for themselves and their families and 83 new families coming into the area.”

The developers only offered to build 3.6 per cent affordable housing while Amber Valley policy requires between 20 and 30 per cent.

At the meeting Cllr Parkinson suggested the developers consider working with Bowmer Kirkland, who have planning permission for business use on an adjacent, site to deliver a scheme that might benefit the local community. He said: “In the current climate businesses don’t have the capital to grow. If they were to get a change of use to housing we could potentially get a completely new road junction which would go a long way to satisfying road safety concerns. There could be commercial gains for both parties.”