A CAMPAIGNING mum has spoken out against “devastating” plans for a major housing project in Bolsover.
Concerned Sarah Stones is calling on residents to oppose Bolsover District Council’s proposals for a development to build at least 800 new homes on green land between Marlpit Lane and Oxcroft Lane.
Bolsover District Council said the project would help to meet the housing needs of a growing population.
But 39-year-old Mrs Stones, from Longlands, adjacent to Marlpit Land and Oxcroft Lane, said: “Quite simply, there is no need for this amount of new homes in Bolsover – I’m not against regeneration in general, but this development would be devastating for local people and our area.”
Mum-of-one Mrs Stones said that the project would result in more traffic and pollution in the historic market town and added: “The district council should consider using other brownfield sites – not this beautiful, green land.
“It’s such a nice site made up of allotments and wildlife habitats, including lots of birds and owls – we could lose that.
“People need to stand up against this.”
Mrs Stones added that if the development goes ahead then a number of homes will have to be demolished on Longlands to make way for a road to the new properties.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment Councillor Dennis Kelly said: “We have a plan to develop a minimum of 800 dwellings in Bolsover between Marlpit Lane and Oxcroft Lane due to the site’s close proximity to the town centre and overall sustainable location.
“I must stress that at present this is only a proposal and we are asking local residents to give us their views,” added Cllr Kelly.
The district council is to consult on the project, with an exhibition and planning officers, next Wednesday March 16 between 2pm and 7pm at Sherwood Lodge in Bolsover. Alternatively, residents can comment by phoning (01246) 242292 by 5pm on Friday March 25.
Mrs Stones said she has set up an online petition in opposition to the development which can be accessed by typing in “oppose massive housing development in Bolsover” into Google.
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