Darley Dale land seen as top priority development site

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Councillors in Darley Dale are “livid” at the prospect of more housing development in the town amid what they believe is “unreasonable and partial” behaviour from Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Town councillors are furious that land at Stancliffe Hall, Darley Dale, was included as a top priority site for development at the meeting of the local plan advisory committee – despite the fact 82 houses are already planned for the town.

Cllr John Evans, of Darley Dale Town Council, has also expressed his anger that land at Asker Lane, Matlock, was quickly demoted as a top priority site after immense public opposition.

He said: “Because of all the banner waving at Asker Lane, all the Matlock councillors started getting edgy and worried about their election prospects.”

A Derbyshire Dales District Council spokesman has stressed that no recommendations have yet been made on which sites will be allocated to meet the Derbyshire Dales’ future housing needs.

The spokesman added that it therefore makes “no sense” to comment at this stage on the “provisional priorities” in any particular area of the district.




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