Belper housing firm sparks village anger

A BELPER-based housing firm has sparked anger in two villages after relaunching a bid to build 98 new homes on land between them.

The Peveril Homes properties would be situated on land between Codnor and Waingroves.

The Green Lane company has appealed to the government’s Planning Inspectorate after its proposal for land known as ‘Codgroves’ was turned down by Amber Valley Borough Council in October last year.

Last week, a petition with 500 signatures was presented to the council calling for the 20-acre area of farmland to be granted greater protection. Residents successfully fought a similar plan to build 250 homes on the land 24 years ago.

Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams said: “I half expected this to be honest. I am disappointed. Their transport plan, I don’t think, reflected reality. Everybody who lives here knows there are traffic problems. When we had the site meeting councillors saw that the traffic ground to a halt! If you’re not careful all the green wedges between villages will be built on and you will have one big conurbation.”

A Peveril Homes spokesman said a survey showed “adequate capacity to take the extra traffic” and added: “Peveril Homes wishes to develop the green space around the proposed housing development to give more residents the opportunity to enjoy the space.”