Your views wanted on homes proposals

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Belper families are being urged to pull on their walking boots to find out more about a controversial proposal, which could see 600 homes built on a town hillside.

Amber Valley Borough Council is considering earmarking the site between Mill Lane/Killburn Road and Sandbed Lane for new homes as part of its core strategy document.

The document, once approved, will act as a blueprint for development in the area.

Concerns have already been raised by Belper councillors about the town not being able to cope with so many new houses, including having enough school places for new children.

And Amber Valley Ramblers’ Association says more needs to be done to make residents aware of the scale of the plans and exactly what they will involve.

On Saturday, August 9, the group is timing an exhibition about the scheme to tie in with the town’s farmers’ market.

It is also inviting people to join them at 2pm for a guided walk of three miles around the Bullsmoor area, starting from Belper Market Place, to take in the site

John Morrissey, footpath secretary of Amber Valley Rambler’s Association, said: “The proposed development is large, perhaps resulting in a ten per cent increase in Belper’s population.

“The area is easily accessible from the town centre and has numerous footpaths.

“As no-one seems to have tried to explain to the public what is being planned we thought that the best way to enable them to be better informed would be to invite them on a short walk through the area.

“Together with the exhibition we are mounting, our walk should allow people to have a much better idea of the plans. Our own response will, in part, be guided by what we hear from the public.”

The group says the information given in the exhibition - at Number 28 in the Market Place - and during the walk will be impartial.

They have also made a 
request to Belper Town Council to call an extraordinary meeting, so the public can hear councillors’ opinions and to express their own views.

Amber Valley Borough Council is inviting comments on the proposals which need to be submitted by September 8.