Bolsover housing dispute

DEFIANT residents are stepping up a campaign against a proposed residential development after council bosses announced they are continuing with plans for at least 800 new homes on rural land.

A Bolsover District Council planning committee meeting has resolved to keep proposals for the massive development between Marlpit Lane and Oxcroft Lane within its Local Development Framework Core Strategy plan.

The decision was made despite objections about the site’s rural location, fears it poses traffic, pollution and overcrowding problems with limited facilities, threats to wildlife and the demolition of buildings on Longlands.

Campaigner Sarah Stones, of the Bolsover Against Development on Green Land group, said: “We want to protect rural Bolsover because this amount of houses isn’t needed. Our campaign is continuing and we’re preparing for the next council, public consultation to put a stop to this plan.”

Residents submitted concerns at a council consultation in March and campaigners have gathered over 200 objections with a petition.

However, the council agreed on June 8 that it is continuing to pursue the development but consideration will be given to concerns.

These feature the need to retain Elmton Lane, preventing a traffic route between Marlpit Lane and Oxcroft Lane, school support, and providing pedestrian routes, cycle routes and green space. Others include infrastructure, new allotments, a need to maintain rural character and to mitigate against the loss of natural habitats.

The council argued it needs to meet housing needs for a growing population and the proposed site is not on green belt. A further council, public consultation is expected before a final decision.

Council planning manager Ian Collis said: “Further work will commence on the preparation of the design principles to inform our final version of the core strategy which should be published later this year.” Campaigners are holding a public meeting from 7pm, on July 11, at The North Star, on Welbeck Road, Bolsover. Those interested can email badgl@hotmail.co.uk.

jon.cooper@derbyshiretimes.co.uk