NEIGHBOURS are rallying together to oppose plans to build 160 houses on greenfield land behind their homes.
Developers, Hallam Land Management, have revealed plans for the dwellings on grass behind Mansfield Road, Winsick – that is currently used for grazing – at a public consultation last Wednesday.
But many who live in the area say the development will have a negative impact on Winsick and Hasland as a whole.
Jim Hughes, who has lived on Mansfield Road for 14 years, said: “It’s a good area, but they will spoil it by taking away its identity.
“The development will turn Hasland into another suburb rather than having an identity with the feel of a village.”
His neighbour, Philip Ward – whose family have lived on the road since the mid 19th Century – added:
“Everybody is totally against it. It will affect hundreds of houses directly and hundreds more indirectly.”
The opposition comes following a consultation on the proposals by Hallam Land Management, at Hasland Infant School on February 29.
A spokesperson for the company said that people from 34 houses on Mansfield Road attended and were invited to fill out comments cards, but only three had been returned.
Paul Burton, Regional Manager at Hallam Land Management, said: “Following on from our discussions with Temple Normanton and Grassmoor Parish Councils last month, we invited local residents to an exhibition of our proposals.
“We were pleased with the response, and the feedback we received from both the Parishes and the residents will now be used to shape our plans. There is still more to do before a planning application is submitted and we will continue to work with the community before finalising our plans.”
A spokesperson for NE Derbyshire District Council said that they had not yet received a planning application, but that they would begin a full public consultation once one is received.
The proposed site, which is located to the rear of Mansfield Road and adjacent to the A617 will form phase one of the project, with phase two being the development of around 300 houses on greenfield land across the road in the future.
Some of the residents now hope to set up an action group to oppose the plans. Anyone wishing to join the group, should email firstname.lastname@example.org
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