New Chesterfield housing development sparks concerns

Residents have expressed concerns about whether a new 175 home development is affordable, along with worries about increased traffic and a lack of infrastructure.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:22 am

The Erin Court development on The Grove in Poolsbrook has plots of two, three and four bedroom homes which are priced from £141,995.

While the new build homes are located a mile from the Poolsbrook Country Park and close to the M1, some residents have expressed concern about the development – if the houses are affordable, the impact the development will have on traffic and local infrastructure is suitable.

In the ‘Staveley and surrounding areas’ Facebook group, Judi Davis said: “Starting at £140k. Not many local first time buyers who will afford that. And I wonder what the link to Irish towns is with the names?”

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There are 175 new homes that have been built on the Erin Court development in Poolsbrook, Chesterfield. Credit: Gleeson Homes.

Peter Wright added: “Where are the extra services to cater for these people, doctors, schools, hospitals, etc.”

Another resident, Jonathan Newbold was upset about the impact of the building work and complained the current work has left his car “caked in dust”.

Neighbours said the new development was located around around a floodplain and raised concern about the new properties potentially being flooded in heavy rainfall.

Connor Stanley said: “Ain’t these on the field that floods no chance poor people who buy these.”

But other residents were keen to highlight the opportunities the new development could bring to Poolsbrook, such as investment, new jobs and the chance for first time buyers to find a house.

Suzanne Parsons said: “I think it’s great they are building new housing I might even buy one”.

Chris Lindley added: “I think its about time some investment was made there. Also gives a great chance for first time buyers. What’s not to like?”

A spokesperson for Gleeson Homes said the homes would be ‘high quality and affordable’ for those on low to average incomes in areas where they are needed the most.

They added: "We have contributed £174,347 to the local council to aid with local infrastructure including a contribution of £71,646 towards traffic management and GP services.

"We will also be issuing a newsletter informing local residents of site activity and progress.”

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