Year-long battle sees plans for 21 new houses near Belper rejected

Plans for 21 houses in Gun Lane have been rejected
Plans for 21 houses in Gun Lane have been rejected

Residents breathe a sigh of relief as controversial plans to build 21 houses have been refused.

Villagers launched a campaign last year to stop the development and save the village from having its character destroyed and a 200-strong petition was submitted Amber Valley Borough Council.

The plans were refused as the council felt ‘the development would result in a significant detrimental impact on the landscape and visual rural character of the locality’.

Resident John Horwood, of Gun Lane, said: “It has taken over a year for us to win the fight but the planning application has finally been refused.

“It is hoped that the lives of villagers can now get back to normal and that the final outcome of the last twelve month’s work demonstrates that the views of residents of an area can have an impact on development plans.”

The proposal was contrary to the Neighbourhood Plan and planning committee members said: “The proposed development is out of scale and character with the existing pattern of development in Nether Heage.

“The highways improvements would result in urbanisation of the rural nature of the locality and create unacceptable harm to the landscape character of Gun Lane.”

The plan was refused last week and the council report stated: “Having weighed up social, economic and environmental factors, the development in

overall terms is unsustainable with greatest weight being given to the significant detrimental change.”