DETERMINED residents are battling plans for homes they fear are “the first step to spoiling” Wingerworth.
Around 150 people attended a public meeting against Rippon Homes’ proposals for 51 properties on greenfield land at the rear of Nethermoor Road and Deerlands Road.
Objectors - who are raising cash for a planning consultant – claim houses would intrude on the countryside, lie outside the area’s current settlement development limit and set a precedent for more.
“I think this is the sort of the first step to spoiling the village,” said Jeff Patrick, chairman of campaign group Wingerworth Residents Against Greenfield Erosion.
“It would no longer be a distinct community, it will gradually get bigger and bigger.”
Campaigners say developing on brownfield sites should happen first. Other objection reasons include the effect on wildlife, traffic, parking and access problems plus out of character designs and lack of local facilities for new residents.
Rippon Homes said it had owned the land since 1974 but decided now was the ideal time to develop it with a shortfall in local housing land supply.
Managing director John Jones added: “We are confident the development will have minimal impact on the existing village and have carried out various assessments or surveys to ensure the infrastructure is able to cope.
“The 51 new homes we propose to build will only increase the number of current dwellings by approximately 2.5 per cent and we have taken great care in developing a scheme that will be sympathetic to the existing vernacular of the village.
“The associated section 106 contributions can only serve to enhance the existing community and already we are receiving enquires from potential purchasers keen to register their interest.”
l Campaigners have set up a website at www.wingerworth-rage.co.uk. Objections, to be in by July 29, can be sent to Adrian Kirkham, Planning Manager, North East Derbyshire District Council, Council House, Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1LF quoting application number 11/00584/FL.