LETTER: Wingerworth has met housing commitment

I write in response to the letter by Frank Hardy. The land in question is at the top of Chartwell Avenue, where it meets Swathwick Lane, Wingerworth.

Monday, 16th October 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:01 pm

The land is not part of the Wingerworth Parish Neighbourhood Plan, which is under consideration by North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC), and which includes more housing than the parish is expected to contribute to the council’s plan. The village infrastructure cannot accommodate the extra traffic, Deer Park School is oversubscribed and the intrusion into the green fields (agricultural land) would spoil the character of the village.

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Also how can anyone say the site is well screened? That is simply a misleading load of nonsense in my view.

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It is stated in the Wingerworth Neighbourhood Plan and the North East Draft Local that the housing figure for Wingerworth is 1,100 homes and then 465 for the rest of Wingerworth over a 20-year period. To-date there are 239 new homes either completed or near completion and Taylor Wimpey has just been given outline planning permission for a further 241. Wingerworth has more than met its housing commitment.

This proposal is not an opportunity for the old, infirm or young, but an opportunity to line the pockets of the developer, in my view. During a recent ‘consultation’ in the village hall more than 370 people submitted protest forms, which will be forwarded to the district council. There were no forms in favour of the proposal. The result was remarkable because the high attendance was due to the efforts of local residents in advertising the event. The developer placed a tiny notice in the Derbyshire Times on the day of the ‘consultation’.

David Melton