Plan for 300 new homes between Holmgate and Tupton

Developers have put forward plans for 300 homes on agricultural land between Holmgate and Tupton.

Wednesday, 17th May 2017, 4:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 8:51 pm
The fields at Holmgate

In a planning statement, the developer says the 14-hectare site will include a mix of homes no more than 2.5 storeys in height with 40 per cent reserved for affordable housing.

The site, which lies to the north west of Holmgate, with access via Coupe Lane, is bordered to the south, east and north with residential developments and to the west with agricultural land.

Hallam Land Management Ltd says in its application that most of the site’s amenities would be provided by Clay Cross, with transport provided by two pairs of bus stops, both located along Coupe Lane.

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In terms of impact on landscape surrounding the site, a landscape and visual impact assessment by Pegasus Group on behalf of the developer has found that the site’s edge is visible from lower lying areas west of the site, in the vicinity of Ashover Road and Woodthorpe Grange Farm.

It has also found that the site is not excluded from development by any designation as a special landscape or wildlife area and is ‘well visually enclosed to the north, south and east.’

It reads: “In the mid to longer distance, elevated views from the west, the site plays only an incidental role in the overall panorama, and is typically seen in the context of several settlements.”

So far, the application has only received two objections from members of the public.

One from Matthew Willett, of Harewood Crescent, Old Tupton, reads: “There is major residential building already underway at Clay Cross, Wingerworth and Old Tupton, close to local amenities.

“There will be increased traffic generation on a very large scale with this development. Coupe Lane is already a busy minor road and this risks accidents occurring.

“There is currently arable farmland, historic hedgerows and lots of wildlife living in the area. This would all go, which would severely disrupt the ecosystem.”

- For more information visit North East Derbyshire District Council’s online planning system at http://planapps-online.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/online-applications and search for 17/00485/OL.