Company behind controversial Chesterfield housing development issues statement and pictures of how site could look
The building company behind a controversial new homes development near Chesterfield says work will begin on site ‘as soon as possible’.
The Vistry Group has permission to build 150 homes on land off Northmoor View, Brimington, following a lengthy planning battle which saw two applications rejected and the developers being given the green light after an appeal.
The proposals faced fierce criticism in Brimington, with residents concerned about the loss of green space, increased road congestion and pollution, and the strain on services.
Recently their campaign has been given fresh impetus with news the development could be delayed because of archaeological finds.
However, a Vistry Group spokesperson said the company is confident construction work can begin soon.
"The archaeological works are just a small part of the significant community benefits and investment surrounding this development – on top of the provision of much-needed new homes and jobs,” the spokesperson added.
"Work is progressing well, we are liaising closely with all other parties and we are getting ready to start on the construction work as soon as possible."
The company has also released an image of how the development could look – based on a street scene of its latest designs.
Chesterfield and District Civic Society has 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 ‘could yield genuinely useful results’.
Coun Tricia Gilby, who represents Brimington South, said the priority now was to closely examine the design of the homes.
She is determined to protect as much of the local amenity as she can by scrutinising the design and the wider development – which will be considered by the planning committee later in the year.
"We will be making sure there is not too much clustering of new houses,” Coun Gilby added.
"Concerns people at the other side of the development, on Chesterfield Road, have about drainage must also be listened to.”
The latest plans can be viewed on the Chesterfield Borough Council website.