Village homes scheme upset

A BELPER councillor has slammed developers for taking too long to build homes in Crich despite havingplanning permission.

In October, 2008, Nottinghamshire firm Omnivale Ltd, which is behind plans to build 23 houses on a former abattoir site in the village was given permission to start building — as long as the work began within three years, which it has not. Now, an extension of another three years has been granted to complete the work, leaving Amber Valley borough councillor Alan Cox frustrated.

He said: “We want the sites developed. We want affordable housing.”

The development will include five lower cost homes amid a mix of terraced and semi-detached properties. It will also get rid of an unsightly building and provide better access for traffic.

A spokesman for the firm cited the recession and the new government redesign of the planning application process for not starting building.