Community steps up objections to 150 new homes plan near Chesterfield amid calls to excavate site
Brimington residents have stepped up their objections to a new homes development which they say will cause major traffic problems and impact on their way of life.
Planning permission was granted to build 150 properties on a 6.6-hectare site to the west of Northmoor View, Brimington, in 2018, despite opposition in the area.
As reported last month, the development could now face delays from digs because of the site’s archaeological significance.
And the outstanding elements of the plans have faced further criticism from dozens of residents who are continuing their objections.
Rob Baines said the development could bring an increase of 225 vehicles to the area.
"These additional vehicle movements will only exacerbate the congestion in the area with air quality on parts of the A619 gyratory in Brimington known to exceed legal limits,” he said in a letter of objection.
Robert Huntley said he had objected to the plans throughout because of highways issues, and these had not ‘in any way improved’.
Brimington residents Michael and Margaret Rotchell said they were concerned that a footpath would be ruined.
"What is currently a pleasant, open path away from traffic, and with excellent views of the surrounding countryside, is replaced by a path running alongside a road and crossing other roads,” the couple said.
Coun Stuart Brittain, who represents Brimington on Derbyshire County Council, said he wished the development ‘was not going ahead at all’.
He now wants to see changes to footpaths on the site and has asked planners if anything can be done to address concerns the new homes will be too close to existing properties on Manor Road and Upper Croft Close.
Chesterfield and District Civic Society called for excavation prior to development to explore the possible occupation of the hill-top site during the Roman period and the exploitation in the Middle Ages of ironstone.
Society chairman Philip Riden said: “The excavation need not delay the development by more than a few months and could yield genuinely useful results.”
Developers the Vistry Group say their project will eventually provide much-needed housing and construction jobs.
The company has not responded to our request for a comment.