Greenfield land will be developed as part of a 20-year plan to build almost 8,000 homes in the Chesterfield borough.
Major proposals for the future of the area have been revealed in a bid to create new housing, jobs, shops, facilities and bring derelict land back into use.
The main areas for redevelopment include Staveley and the Rother Valley corridor, Chesterfield Waterside, the town centre, Chatsworth Road corridor, Brimington, the western suburbs of Holme Hall, Brockwell, Ashgate, Brampton, Brookside and Walton and the eastern villages of Duckmanton and Mastin Moor.
The Local Plan: Core Strategy, shows what the borough will look like by 2031 and where an additional 7,600 homes will be located. Most will be built on brown field land in Staveley, Rother Valley Corridor and Waterside but developers say some homes will be built on green fields.
Chesterfield Borough Council’s principal planner Richard Bryant, said: “We are going to have to do some building on green field sites and sites which have not previously been built on.
“This document says that where we need to go on to the green field land then we can.
“The council is elected to make these difficult decisions and they might not be what everyone would like but they are for the greater good of Chesterfield.”
The plan has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for communities and local government and it will be examined by an independent inspector who will decide if it is fit for the council to adopt.
But the report has sparked controversy and residents, community groups and parish councillors have raised concerns about development on green field sites, due to loss of wildlife habitat, walking and cycling routes.
Brimington and Tapton Community Forum said 500 proposed new homes in the area were too many and feared the Waterside development would impact on the route through the village while members of Newbold and Brockwell Community Forum said they did not support plans for more flats in Chesterfield, adding they will be the “slums of the future”.
Hasland and St Leonard’s Community Forum raised concerns about Mastin Moor and Duckmanton not having enough services and facilities to meet the demand of large numbers of new residents and Woodthorpe Village Community Group presented a petition signed by 434 residents to the council, objecting to open fields around Woodthorpe being used for housing.
Developers William Davies, which hopes to build 1,700 new dwellings and community facilities at Dunston Grange, has also opposed the plan. The firm’s scheme was turned down by the council but it hopes the inspector will reconsider it.
In January, groups and organisations which have made representations will be invited by the inspector to take part in public examination where their cases will be debated.
Mr Bryant said: “One of the biggest arguments has arisen over where the extra houses will go.
“New homes are needed, I don’t think anybody would argue with that. We want to provide the best solution but there will be some people who feel they have lost out.”
But Mr Bryant added the council was doing all it could to protect green spaces.
“One thing the council is keen to do is keep the gaps between particular places and settlements,” he said.
He added: “We need to prioritise gaps that separate areas such as Brimington and Tapton, which are two distinct places and want to keep their different identities.
“Some people say they want to see more green spaces and we have told the inspector that we are prepared to add some more into the plan.”