BOLSOVER: Plans poised for 900 home development

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A town councillor has slammed plans to build 900 homes on greenfield land as “desecration” of the countryside.

Cllr Michele Longden, of Bolsover Town Council, said the plans for the 94 acre site on land north of Welbeck Road “show little compassion, creativity or regard for the surrounding countryside.”

She added: “There are many issues with this proposed development – using good agricultural land, it’s size, scale and layout, serious concerns regarding the highways and whether the current infrastructure of Bolsover could cope with such a huge development.”

The independent councillor also criticised the developers – Strata Homes and Persimmon Homes – for not giving adequate notice of a public consultation on the plans on October 23.

But John England, strategic land director at Strata said they have fully engaged with the community since it was earmarked for development by Bolsover District Council as part of their plan to build 6000 homes in the district by 2031.

He said: “Notifications of the meeting were put in the local press and letters were circulated to 500 houses.

“People say they don’t want change in Bolsover, but I have seen Bolsover changing over the years. Out of town developments have taken business away. A lot of shops are closing down. Pedestrian links to the town are close from the site. We want to bring business back.”

The planning committee at Bolsover District Council will consider outline planning permission for the site when they are submitted next month.

A spokesperson for Bolsover District Council, said: “We have received the majority of these issues through representations to plans we have issued.

“All of this is still to be discussed by the council when it hopefully goes to committee at the end of November.

“We will then publish all the representations and our response to them.”