Group oppose 350 home plan for Killamarsh

Chairman of Killamarsh residents against greenfield erosion Paul Johnson
Chairman of Killamarsh residents against greenfield erosion Paul Johnson

Plans for 350 houses on greenbelt land have been slammed by a community action group.

Killamarsh Residents Against Greenbelt Erosion (RAGE) have spoken out against plans by developer Harworth Estates to build 350 new homes on land between Upperthorpe Road and Green Lane in the town.

The group have obtained 1100 signatures opposing the proposed development, on part of the former site of the Westthorpe Colliery.

Paul Johnson, chairman of Killamarsh RAGE, said: “It is greenbelt so it shouldn’t be built upon.

“It is a prime area for walkers and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers, with many protected species amongst them.”

He added: “Killamarsh doesn’t have the infrastructure to deal with an influx of houses.

“The roads are terribly congested at Peak times, parking availability is extremely limited, medical services are at capacity and shopping choice is very limited.”

He also voiced the group’s concerns over the merging with neighbouring Sheffield and the loss of Killamarsh’s own identity.

Iain Thomson, partnerships manager at Harworth Estates, said: “We’re at an early stage of promoting this potential development and as part of the process we arranged the public consultation event in Killamarsh on October 22. A number of local people, including those within RAGE, gave their views and we’ll be considering these at length as we discuss the scheme with North Derbyshire District Council further.”