Plans for green field site come as a shock

Residents of Belper Lane and surrounding areas who are unhappy at a proposal to build 150 homes on green belt land off Belper Lane.
Residents of Belper Lane and surrounding areas who are unhappy at a proposal to build 150 homes on green belt land off Belper Lane.

Belper folk living near to a beauty spot earmarked by developers for 150 houses are organising a public meeting to make their views known.

Many have been left shocked after receiving fliers through their doors giving details of the plans for Belper Lane End, north east of the town.

Developers Wheeldon Brothers intends on submitting a full planning applications to Amber Valley borough Council in the near future but at this stage is asking residents to give feedback on the types of houses needed in the area, key local issues and how the development could improve them and which community facilities resedntes would like to see developed.

Belper Lane resident Kerry Asher, 42, said community mebers were in uproar.

He added: “The site is the only green area this side of Belper and the fat that they are planning to build on it is scandalous.

“This would significantly affect our view. We would be overlooked and the landscape would be brick instead of green fields.

“The fields are used extensively by the public and their loss would have a significant impact on many people. This is the main area for walking and the loss of this would be a detriment to the whole community.”

Kerry said many also felt that local infrastructure, which was already struggling, would not cope with the proposal.

He added: “The traffic flow on Belper lane is very difficult as it stands now and Belper Triangle is also unsustainable and cannot cope with any more traffic.

“Local schools and doctors surgeries are at maximum capacity and cannot cope and the sewerage system struggles as it is and has to be regularly pumped out.”

The father-of-two also said he feared local wildlife would be negatively impacted.

A public meeting to discuss the plans wil be held at St Faith’s Church, Dalley Lane, tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm.

To view the consultations by Wheeldon Brothers visit http://www.planningconsultationonline.co.uk/ and click on Belper Lane End.

**Developer comment deadline tomorrow 10am**