SOMERCOTES: Distribution centre plans spark concerns

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A PETITION has been delivered to Amber Valley Borough Council to object to the extension of a planning application for a distribution centre, according to information supplied and featured on the Amber Valley Info website.

The website explained how Clowes Developments UK Ltd was granted outline planning permission in 2010 for a large, 24/7 distribution centre on land between Birchwood Lane in Somercotes and Cotes Park Industrial Estate in Somercotes.

Paul Curran-Bilbie, of Amber Valley Info, claimed that at the time there were strong local objections and the planning board had refused it twice only for it to be overturned by full council.

Objections were made on a range of issues, according to Mr Curran-Bilbie, including damage to historic hedgerows, impact of wildlife, concern for Pennytown Ponds nature reserve, noise pollution and light pollution, drainage and flooding issues and traffic infrastructure.

Mr Curran-Bilbie said Clowes Developments UK Ltd has applied for an extension to this planning application under application number AVA/2013/0021 and a petition of over 300 signatures has been delivered to Amber Valley Borough Council objecting to the this extension.

An online petition will remain open for now and can be found at

Somercotes Parish Council has convened a special meeting from 6.30pm, on Friday, February 22, at the Village Hall, Somercotes, to discuss this issue and residents are invited along to give their point of view.